I own a lot of paintbrushes that I've accumulated over the years. But I have to say that the brush in the above photo is my current favourite. I bought it in Paris this summer. Well actually my daughter Chloé bought it for me for my birthday while we were in Paris. Those are reasons enough to love it, but it handles watercolour beautifully and has the loveliest point. (Isabey 6225 series No. 8 brush)
Saint-Armand watercolour paper)
Micron pens by Sakura)
here. I have just found out that she has published a garden cookbook too. Guess what just got added to my Christmas list? :)
If you are looking for a gift for a child with artistic interests, there is a wonderful series of books by Laurence Anholt. We have five of them in our household but there are more available. They were enjoyed thoroughly by me and my youngest daughter Chloé. And even though they are written for young children, they travel between her room and my studio because we both still love them.
|From Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt|
Lemon botanical plate on vintage French envelope by French artist Lucile Prache of Lucile's Kitchen
I love everything done by this wonderful artist! You can find her here and here. I am very lucky to count her as one of my friends. :)
And finally, here is an idea that does not cost anything but would be valued by so many. Artists need time to be creative. Give the artist in your family a certificate that is good for babysitting, washing the dishes, walking the dog, making dinner, mowing the lawn, vacuuming the house--you get the idea--so they can have a little more time at their work table or in their studio.