Since learning about their brushes several years ago through a fellow artist, I have replaced all my brushes with Trekell products and couldn't be happier. The ease of browsing through the brush selection online makes ordering them a breeze and having brushes arrive at my studio a few days later is a great time saver. The biggest savings of all is the reasonable cost of these fine brushes and I have been totally pleased with their outstanding quality as well.
Because of the affordability of Trekell brushes, I now have plenty of top quality brushes on hand at all times. I've tried many of their brushes from large and small bristle filberts, to fan blenders in bristle and sable, to the terrific Kolinsky watercolors and my favorite so far, the larger size sable filberts 6, 8 and 10. Their brushes have great snap, retain their shape well and are extremely durable.
Working from lean to fat, I begin my paintings by sketching in the drawing with a watercolor kolinsky round and pigment thinned with turpentine. Then I begin blocking in the values with a medium sized bristle filbert. From there I move on to the large sable filberts to refine the shapes and begin to add color suspended in a medium of stand oil, terps and canada balsam or mastic. As the painting becomes more refined, I switch to the smaller sable filberts while blending the paint with the sable fan blenders. I add finishing touches as needed with the help of the sable rounds in a variety of sizes.
I end every painting day by cleaning my Trekell brushes- Ivory soap for the sables and a good linseed based cleaner for the bristles. In the morning, I begin the day by picking up my brushes from the drying rack and heading on into the studio where I know I can count on my Trekell brushes to make my work easier and more enjoyable.