I've been having some difficulty with my brushes lately. I kept thinking it was me and that I wasn't evolving in my highlighting skills, but I definitely noticed my brushes have lost their initial 'tight' shape. I used to love adding tree and bush highlights with my half size round brush, but now it's not the same. I gave up on my Ross fan brushes a while back as they looked really splayed and the bristled would not stick together no matter how much paint I added. This made painting evergreens excessively frustrating. I ended up buying a pack of other hog hair fan brushes.
I have a small container of the Ross brand conditioner. Does anyone know if this works? I think the bottle states that one can rub a bit of conditioner on the bristles, shape them, and then wash it off in thinner. I was also reading that beating the brushes is notoriously bad for the bristles overall and that it would end up damaging the brush in the long run.
How does everyone keep their brushes in top shape? This is really starting to impact my capabilities to paint. I avoid a lot of ideas for paintings like ones with grassy slopes because I know my two inch brush can't do it anymore.