All posts by Beki Borman


I am frequently asked about brushes. When I am teaching brushes are a fundamental component of painting but I use them in my studio rarely. I think many artists, especially those just beginning their painting journey, think that there is a perfect brush for every task. I tend to think that you can make most brushes do what you need (with a few exceptions). So I tend to not spend much time worrying about what number or hair type I have. Of course softer brushes are better for thin applications and blending, and stiff brushes are better for thick paint and texture. Big brushes are better for washes and small ones are better for detail. But I can get a filbert and a round to make pretty much the same marks, and a flat brush makes great lines. So there is a lot of overlap. You don’t need dozens of brushes. But maybe that’s just me. I work mostly with knives anyway. When I do use a brush, my all purpose favorite is a medium soft synthetic flat. Here are a few examples of my most used brushes (when I use brushes at all).


Yes, I do commissions.  If you are interested in having your favorite picture or scene captured as one of my paintings please contact me. Perhaps you are interested in a landscape but are just not seeing the colors you want in my inventory.  Or you would like a portrait done of a friend or family member.  Below is some simple pricing, but all prices are negotiable based on your specific needs.   All commissions require a 50% deposit of the agreed upon final fee.  This deposit is non refundable.  However I will work on sketches and concepts until you are fully satisfied.   I will email you progress photos every step of the way.  Balance is due when the piece is completed to your liking.  Please note that pricing does not include frame.  I would be happy to help you select a frame that works for your piece!

Watercolor, Pastel,or Graphite on paper:

5″ x 7″   $100

7″ x 11″  $200

11″ x 14″  $300

16″ x 20″ $500

18″ x 24″ $600


Oil or Acrylic on canvas or panel:

5″ x 7″   $200

7″ x 11″   $300

11″ x 14″  $500

16″ x  20″ $650

18″ x 24″  $800

Mini Paintings

These are a few of the many mini paintings I have been working on over the past few months.  I love the quick changes of color I can make on a smallscale.  Usually I keep a stack of small panels next to my easel.  When I have leftover paint on my palette from another painting I am working on, I apply some of it to one of my small panels.  As these colors build up I start making more thoughtful decisions about which panels need which colors.  It is not long before an idea of final touches emerges.  Many of the mini paintings become color models for larger works.  However I do not think of them as merely studies.  I enjoy them as small works for themselves.