This is probably my largest painting. I thought my #6 W&N was a pretty big brush until I pecked around for an hour or so and ended up with a blotchy mess. Then I remembered my set of inexpensive sables--Legends from Cheap Joe's--that I picked up a couple of years ago. Switching to a #12 helped smooth things over a bit but that brush sure didn't have much life to it, no snap back at all. I'll be scouting out something to replace that one.