For this painting I on purpose used the Bristlon Silver #8 brush (huge, 3/4 quarters of an inch wide) which is also old and splayed. I felt like I was riding a roller coaster with no seat belt -- I had to place the paint on the surface somewhat differently, sabotaging my inclination to put every little detail in and "do a good job of it". I had to wipe the plums out a couple of times, but overall I think the painting is an improvement. The interesting thing is, even with a coarse huge brush, you can still get in adequate detail. I guess the important word there is - adequate.