Image of Oriental Small Squirrel Hair Brush from Artists Network site
I need to purchase some new brushes for watercolor painting so I'm glad that I spotted this post on: Watercolor Brushes: Using the Right Tools For the Job written by Karlyn Holman (discovered via Artists Network).
Here's what Holman says about squirrel hair brushes:
"My Oriental brush is made from squirrel hair and is the only natural bristle brush that I regularly use. Squirrel hair holds more paint than any other brush, and the soft bristles allow the paint to release from the brush easily. Because it readily releases paint, it is essential when I throw paint to create foliage and textured areas."
I seldom use Oriental brushes in watercolor painting so I think I'll pick one up and start experimenting. Check out the complete post for more tips on brushes.