Neil Capozzi From Stuart Art Supply & Artists’ Nook Shares His Expertise About Options And Care Of Different Brushes For Artists, Plus Much More

Stuart Art Supply is a full service specialty store selling fine art supplies to artists and students. Owner, Neil Capozzi  provides a vast knowledge of art supplies, value pricing and a good selection of materials. Stuart Art Supply is affiliated with the Artists’ Nook Studio, giving local art instructors a place to offer fine art classes and lessons.  Neil shares his expertise about the countless options of brushes available.  It is reassuring to have someone so knowledgeable to guide us, when the selection can be so overwhelming. From vegan brushes, white hog bristles, synthetic filaments, plus so many shapes and sizes, how does one decide?  The Rickie Report shares the details and a Store Coupon!





Stuart Art Supply  & Artists’ Nook Studio

43 SE Kindred Street  Stuart, FL 34990








Neil Capozzi tells The Rickie Report, “My personal and business mission is to provide local artists with a great selection of quality art supplies at value pricing”.  Neil is a major supporter of the local art scene, by bringing special events into the store and art studio.  He is heavily involved as a volunteer with local arts agencies and organizations.  In addition, Neil provides affordable space for instructors to hold classes and workshops. He passes on his expertise by providing affordable art education to adults.





Recently, Neil announced that he would be making changes in his artists’ brush mix eliminating Escoda, stocking Da Vinci and expanding Silver Brush. He says, “I”m happy to share that the Da Vinci Brushes have arrived to rave reviews from artists and instructors alike.  For you fine art painters, I added the short handled red sable brushes from Silver Brush (excellent for all media). These brushes join the long handled versions favored by detail painters. I’ve also added the Silver Silk 88, a semi stiff synthetic bristle for water media painters including water soluble oil paints”.

With so many different types and brands of brushes, Neil offers all of the details at the store and on the website.



Check out this video of Dee Silver, as she discusses the proper treatment of artist brushes:


An Overview of Brushes:



The Art Sherpa® red handle — made by Silver Brush in partnership with Cinnamon Cooney, The Art Sherpa®. These beauties feature excellent quality stiff white filaments that were specifically designed for use in all acrylic paints, including heavy bodied. Sherpa brushes provide paint and tip control unique to the series. Now you can scrub, scumble and push paint around on your surface without fear of damaging the brush! 




Silverstone™ brushes are of the finest quality interlocking Chungking white hog bristle. They have perfectly balanced and shaped handles for ultimate comfort and control while a nickeled brass ferrule protects the brush from damage, splitting and wear. 



​Cambridge™ series brushes have a unique blend of selected natural bristle and multi-diameter synthetic filaments with a resilient interlocked construction and deep natural chiseled tips. A seamless nickel-plated brass ferrule and carefully balanced handle make the Cambridge series a joy to work with, even on rough surfaces. These exceptionally durable brushes work well in heavy bodied acrylics, water-mixable oils, and traditional oil colors. 


The Atelier™ Mottler brushes feature a blend of badger and synthetic bristles and they are perfect for blending or softening edges. The extra long handle provides reach for work on a large canvas and a rust proof copper ferrule protects the brush.


Bristlon® is a superior stiff white synthetic brush that has been specially processed so it can be used with harsh solvents without compromising the texture or the fibers. These brushes offer excellent color control and strong resiliency on rough surfaces as a result of their interlocked construction and finely chiseled tips. It doesn’t matter if you are working with oils, acrylics, or watercolors, they will maintain their form and provide a smooth application of color. 



Black Pearl™ brushes are made with Mightlon™ synthetic filaments that can withstand rigorous treatment with heavy bodied and tube acrylics. These are great value brushes for not only acrylics but oils and water mixable oils as well. Ideal for canvas, large murals and plein air painting. 



Black Velvet® — distinctive black lacquer handled brushes with a signature silver band are a water-based artist’s dream! The Black Velvet® series is made with a blend of natural squirrel hair and black synthetics that allows the brush to hold a huge amount of color and release it with perfect control for watercolors, gouache, liquid acrylics, inks and dyes. The bristles are simultaneously soft enough to allow multiple-layer glazing without disturbing previous colors, yet firm enough to lift color with a gentle scrub. 



Silver Silk 88™ is the best quality synthetic brush on the market for use in fluid acrylics, interference acrylics, gouache, watercolors and more. These beauties have great absorbency, exceptional holding capacity, wonderful color control and excellent wear resistance. Make your mark with Silver Silk 88™! 



Grand Prix® brushes are of outstanding quality. Perfectly balanced and shaped, they feature interlocked 100% Chungking white hog bristles for maximum color carrying capacity and corrosion-resistant double crimped pure copper ferrules with an epoxy seal for added protection.   The Renaissance® brushes are a top quality kolinsky-class pure red sable brushes with a natural spring and generous color-holding capacity. Renaissance brushes keep a fine point or sharp chisel edge.



Morgan Samuel Price Talks About her Brush Selection HERE:


Morgan Samuel Price Artist Describes Why She Chooses Grand Prix™ brushes



Neil tells us, ” We’re offering a nice mix of watercolor, oil and acrylic paint brushes from DaVinci at an everyday value price.”





Casaneo Watercolor Brushes made from extra soft synthetic fibers with an extraordinary elasticity and an extremely high color absorbing capacity, manufactured in plastic quills, rounds, flats, oval pointed filberts, and wash brushes bound on black lacquered handles. 


Spin Synthetics – watercolor brush finest extra smooth light brown synthetic fibre so-called silver ferrule short red transparent lacquered ergonomic handles for all liquid colours, especially for watercolor and silk painting. 





College – Acrylic brush, round strong synthetic fibre seamless aluminum ferrule brown-red matte finished handles with a new, non-slip surface structure to enlarge our assortment for acrylic and oil painting in the lower price level, we have created this new synthetic line with very elastic synthetic fibers and long brown-red matte finished handles with a new, non-slip surface structure.


Impasto – Acrylic colours are used in a more liquid as well as thicker consistency and for special techniques you need painting knives. The IMPASTO has been designed to be used with the many texture gels and pastes now available 


Maestro 2 – The enormous amount of labour involved in hand making interlocked brushes has led us to develop a new technology, which enables us to manufacture the artist brushes in a more effective way. 


Top Acryl – white synthetic fibers with interlocking effect, medium length with silver ferrule long natural polished handles.The IMPASTO/TOP ACRYL has been designed to be used with the many texture gels and pastes. 




NEW  Product  Test  Drive!



KingArt 9000 Series ORIGINAL GOLD



Artist Brushes

Your favorite, high-quality, golden taklon brushes are back in KingArt’s 9000 Series “Original Gold” premium brush line. KingArt, part of the Cornell* family, has created an exciting line of premium, golden taklon artist brushes at fantastic prices. Short, black handle brushes with gold bands and silver ferrules.

*The Cornell family has re-entered the artist brush business – Michael Cornell – Grandson of the original founder is importing some of the best water media brushes in the world. I especially love the 9020 Max Round (think Loew Cornell Ultra-Round).



Check Out The Classes/Workshops  Here:

For more information about art supplies, art classes, or the opportunity to conduct art classes:


Stuart Art Supply  & Artists’ Nook Studio

43 SE Kindred Street  Stuart, FL 34990






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Griffin Gallery Invites You To Second Saturday Exhibition Opening And Offers Price Reductions Just In Time For The Holidays

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art cordially invites you to its Second Saturday Exhibition Opening on November 14th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Contemporary watercolors by Eve Menes will be featured. Enjoy refreshments and view this gallery of magnificent ancient artifacts, folk art, contemporary art, and splendid antiques of centuries past. To celebrate the upcoming holidays Griffin Gallery is offering price reductions up to 20% on most pieces over $1,000.  The Rickie Report shares the details and a sneak peek of Menes’ artistry.





Griffin Gallery Ancient Art

Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail       Boca Raton, FL 33431
561.994.0811       fax: 561.994.1855

“Sacred Journey Through Jerusalem”

Contemporary Watercolors


Eve Menes

Public Opening:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm





GriffinGalleryJerusalem Garden

“Jerusalem Garden” by Eve Menes






(Courtesy of Griffin Gallery)



Watercolor came to western artists in the late 1400s. Artists had to formulate, prepare and grind their own watercolor paint and tended to keep their secret recipes and methods to themselves.



In the 18th century the first paint manufacturers set up shop in major European cities. They not only provided the basic pigments, resins and oils but found a market for readymade color pastes and other artist equipment. A famous example is an “herbal extract” shop in Paris that prepared the colors for Jean Baptiste Chardin when the artist’s failing eyesight prohibited him from making his own.


Artist’s watercolor paints came directly from the color men in dry clumps that had been cut off of clay-like slabs of prepared watercolor paint. The paints were hard. Artists would have to break up the clump into useable bits and grind them in water.


The usual method of preparing to paint included “rubbing up” your colors with water on a stone or ceramic dish as you would a sumi-e ink stick. Grinding your paint in water was a tedious but necessary step repeated every time you set up to paint. With time, artistic entrepreneurs began preparing ready-made paints for artists.





After setting up shop in 1766 William Reeves (UK) began selling the first water soluble dry cake watercolors. By 1780 a bit of honey was added to the formulation to make the paint pliable for manufacture in various ways. Honey is a natural humectant, attracting and retaining moisture.


The first hard, but brush-soluble, cakes were fancily embossed with crests and heraldic figures. Mr. Reeves’ was even given an award “for the manufacture of Watercolor improved,” in 1781 for his moist pan watercolors.


By the mid to late 1830s inexpensive painting sets with little porcelain pans of moist watercolors were introduced to the general public to compete with the harder pressed cakes.


Winsor Newton introduced their glycerine-softened formula moist cakes in 1835. The public was pleased. Amateur artists, Sunday painters and ladies being cultured in finishing school rejoiced in easy accessibility of quality painter supplies. What could be better?






American John Goffe Rand (1801-1873) patented the first collapsible metal tube for artist’s oil paint on September 11, 1841. He had traded off his European patent for the tubes to appease creditors.
By 1846 Winsor & Newton (UK) modified their original moist cake formula and created a semi-liquid formula for metal tubes. They improved upon Rand’s original tube design and ran with it. Everyone has been following ever since.



By the 1990s, through mergers and acquisitions several art supply manufacturers are now owned by the German paint company AB Wilhelm Becker. The AB Wilhelm Becker product lines include Winsor & Newton (UK), Reeves,Contè, Lefranc & Bourgeois, Liquitex and the Colart brands.




The chemical and dye makers during the Industrial Revolution in Britain made great strides in producing brighter and more permanent colors for the textile trades. These discoveries readily carried over to the fine arts.


By the late 18th and early 19th century, newly developed intense colors inspired the Pre-Raphaelites, while the new tube paints allowed the impressionists to work readily En plein air to capture natural light and color.



German-American Louis Prang (1824-1909) is the reason art education survives in American schools. He wrote the curriculum and text books, and then provided training for the first batch of America’s art teachers.

In 1856, Mr. Prang contracted with the American Crayon Company to manufacturer his non-toxic moist pan watercolor sets designed for students. They were a huge success. Prang watercolors continue to be a staple art supply in classrooms worldwide.





This new availability of artist’s materials gave even those with a casual interest in art the means and tools to explore their creative talents. Art had the means to come to the masses, giving birth to many “Sunday painters” and amateur “dabblers” and brought real-world art supplies within the reach of children.


There are now a couple dozen watercolor paint manufacturers for artists to choose from. Each has their own take on formulas and there is a wide gulf of difference in the quality of watercolor paints available. The 8-color set that you pick up at the corner drugstore can never match the depth of color and pure brushability of the finest artist grade tube watercolors. They are a good place to get a little of the feel of painting watercolor before you invest your grocery money.


Artists searching their creative roots today will locate the old formulas and techniques in an effort to revive the true “craft” of being an artist. On the other hand, for ease of use and consistent quality, the rest of us can gladly leave the craft of paint making to the professionals, some with centuries of experience, so we can concentrate on the creation of art.




Griffin Gallery specializes in museum quality Ancient Art. Our holdings include over five hundred authentic artifacts that reflect a spectrum of the cultures of Antiquity in addition to Contemporary Fine Works of Art. Among our treasures are pieces from Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Far East, the Near East, the Holy Land, Pre-Columbian cultures, and pre historic Native America.

Griffin Gallery Ancient Art    

Gallery Center, 608 Banyan Trail    Boca Raton, FL 33431

561.994.0811     fax: 561.994.1855

Sponsored by: Beiner,Inkeles & Horvitz, P.A. 2000 Glades Road, Ste. 110, Boca Raton, FL, 33431, (561) 750-1800

*Works Cited:





The Boca Raton Fine Art, Jewelry, & Antiques Show
February 05 – 07, 2016

The Renaissance Hotel
2000 NW 19th Street, Boca Raton, FL
Friday: Noon – 8:00 PM
Saturday: Noon – 7:00 PM
Sunday: Noon 0 5:00 PM



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