Whenever a company produces a new product, the months, weeks and days leading up to its release are a labor of love (and sometimes blood, sweat and tears). Silver Brush Ltd is no stranger to this. The very first fine artist brush series we manufactured was Grand Prix® over 28 years ago. To this day, it remains one of our best selling products, beloved by artists the world over including modern day visionaries like Nelson Shanks, Michael Shane Neal, Terry Strickland and Chantel Barber.
This past summer, our Grand Prix® and Renaissance® pure red sable brushes took on a new adventure with brothers Keith and Kyle O’Brien, owners of New Wave® Fine Art Products, and artists Kelly Foss and Aaron Thompson. Together with a photographer, they embarked on 20 mile round-trip hike up Mt. Haystack in the Adirondacks for a plein air photo shoot with Silver Brushes for the launch of New Wave’s u.go™Plein Air | -Anywhere™ Pochade Boxes.
“We intended to set up tents and hammock tents,” explains Kelly. “The weather was crazy in the Adirondacks as we did our 8 mile hike up to base-camp. When we arrived, we were in a downpour. We were happy to find a lean-to where we were able to stay dry and set up camp for the rest of our time on the mountain.”
Luckily, the sun came out allowing Kelly and Aaron to paint and the photographer to get some excellent photos of u.go™ Anywhere™ Pochade Boxes and Silver brushes in action.
“The whole point of going was to get insanely cool images of the product line in use in its natural environment,” says Keith. The u.go Anywhere™ Pochade boxes were designed to be taken from “sea to summit and anywhere in between” and they provide an ultra-lightweight and compact setup that is convenient for artists who prefer to stray from the beaten path while painting en plein air in order to find a truly magnificent landscape. The largest box, measuring at 11″x14.5″x1.25”,weighs only 3.15 lbs., the medium box weighs 2.1 lbs., and the small box weighs 1.35 lbs.
As a plein air artist, you’d be remiss not to bringGrand Prix®and Renaissance®brushes with you on such a trip so we made sure Kelly and Aaron were well supplied. Although neither artist had used Silver Brushes prior to this photo shoot, both quickly fell in love with Grand Prix’s® spring and Renaissance’s® durability.
“Usually I’m hesitant to use stiffer brushes (like Grand Prix®) because they can cut into the paint creating a streaky, harsh look. But these brushes have good strength in the bristles without being scratchy,” says Kelly.
“These brushes have real spring in their step!” Aaron exclaims, “Excellent flow. I am pretty rough on my brushes and these took some abuse better than most. I have a feeling they are going to break in beautifully. I really like the touch of the Grand Prix® long filberts, just beautiful…”
For more information about u.go™ Plein Air | Anywhere™ Pochade Boxes, please visit New Wave’s website, www.newwaveart.com.
Written by Kira Leilich, Communications Manager at SBL