Though I do indeed spend many hours a day on art, sketching every day, trying to learn, refining my tools and process, enjoying what other artists post, I've been a slacker in posting!
So I've been watching Brenda Swenson's DVD Sketching Techniques With Watercolor, and I am just soaking it up! Her work is amazing, both her fine art pieces and especially her sketches. I have to admit that even though I know that tools don't make the artist, I recently ordered some of the tools that Brenda uses. I ordered that palette she likes, the Heritage (aka Mijello) 18-well sealable palette. And since I have to fill that palette with fresh paint, and many of my favorite paint tubes are low or out, I had to order several new tubes of paint (but first I had to decide what paints will make the final 18 for the palette). Then I noticed the brushes she uses, the Loew-Cornell 7020 Ultra Rounds, so I had to get a set (sizes 14, 10, 6) of those. Besides, my two rounds are kind of old and can be moved into my plein air kit. And that flat she uses, the daVinci 5080 20mm, that looks interesting. I've not used flats hardly at all, but maybe I should. My only 3/4" flat is 10 years old that I bought from my art teacher at the time. Maybe the daVinci one is better?