I see images on the Web of worn-down brushes where the only thing left is a few small bristles. I am incredibly jealous of this since my brushes are generally clean and largely intact, if a little stained.
I just can’t paint that much.
I try to tell myself that those artists using such decrepit brushes must be starving to the point that they just can’t afford any new brushes but I don’t think that is the case. Modern brushes last longer and are made of better materials than they were 60 or 100 years ago and are often less expensive. Paint has gotten easier to clean up and pigments are better and more varied. Maybe the brushes were inherited and are very old or perhaps children got hold of them and they sat uncleaned for years.
I’ll keep telling myself that.