I used a short handle 1/4"wide brush to paint #17. (the opposite of #16) I liked the control and blending I could do with laying on color to canvas with this size brush. Unfortunately, it proved to be tedious for my hand.
After having carpal tunnel surgery last year, I'm learning what I should and should not do if I don't want to continue to have issues with my wrists. I believe my work will be evolving.......adapting a more "painterly" approach to applying paint to substrate (canvas, paper, board, etc.).
So, on to using long handled brushes....a bit wider then 1/4".
To see #17...... http://ginlammert.fineartstudioonline.com/works/1071004/square-