I try to mix as much as I can with the palette knife first before I employ the brushes. I find when I mix with brushes, which is unavoidable, I have to do so very deliberately and gently. About the head falling off, bummer. The only thing I can think of is that maybe the ferrule came into contact with something hot, like water, which melted or cracked the glue inside. Hope this helps.
I suppose I shouldn't say this, but every time I see your progress on this painting I see dollars and euros. Even more, I see it on an auction block for millions of them. I hope you never feel despair as you move to completing it.
I think of DMP as a place to hang out with other realist artists at all levels of expertise! I've learned a lot and continue to do so, but mostly, I'm here for the camaraderie. I just try and enjoy myself with all you good people. A day that I can laugh at something here is a good one. I'm one of you who has other real life demands upon their time, but I still find the time to hang out. Hope this is okay.
I was about to save that cartoon of his that he originally posted a year ago. Did anyone else happen to save it? It showed several remedies to a hangover. Now you guys know why I save your paintings to my desktop. I just recently began saving cartoons, but not soon enough.