Materials List The Basic Forms Oil Painting
I would like to preface this materials list with my philosophy on materials in general… I am a firm believer in the saying “it is a poor workman who blames his tools.” I personally use materials/supplies on the cheaper side; student grade paint, cheap brushes, etc. You are by no means required to use the same brushes and palette that I do! If you have materials you prefer and know well please feel free to use them and save your money… The only argument I have for using the same supplies as me is that because I have such a comprehensive understanding of them, and experience with them, it is less likely that I will have difficulty helping you with a roadblock as a result of your chosen materials. If you are curious about the supplies I use or have any questions feel free to reach out!
All of my paint is Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Color (this is student grade paint)
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Red Medium (OPTIONAL)
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Green Light (OPTIONAL)
IF YOU PREFER A SPECIFIC BRAND/TYPE OF OIL PAINT YOU ARE WELCOME TO USE THAT! My recommendation for building an effective palette is 1 white (preferably not zinc), 1 black, 2 umbers, And two of each primary, one warm and one cool. IE 2 blues(1 warm 1 cool), 2 yellows (1 warm 1 cool), and 2 reds (1 warm 1 cool).
On Medium: A medium is a substance used to alter the consistency of your paint. It should be used sparingly but is very useful for certain fundamental aspects of oil painting.
The only medium I use is Old Masters Italian Wax Medium. It is on the expensive side, but a single tube lasts me a couple years.
Again, if there is a medium you prefer, please use that.
I use the Richeson White Melamine Oval Palette, size 9x12”
I like these palettes because they are cheap and easy to clean!
This is probably the most expensive investment for painters. I do not want anyone to feel pressured into buying all of these brushes! These are the brushes I use most often, do the best you can, I am happy to share some brushes if you cannot find or afford all of these!
4 Filbert Bristle size 2
4 Filbert Bristle size 4
4 Filbert Bristle size 6
(OPTIONAL) 2 Filbert Bristle size 8
1 Flat wash ½”
1 Flat wash 1”
4 Filbert Synthetic size 6
4 Round Synthetic size 0
Sable and Synthetic Sables:
2 Robert Simmons Oval Mop ½”
2 Princeton Select Oval Mop ½”
2 Sable Round size 4
2 Sable Round size 2
1 Large Sable Flat size 18
We will be working on pre-primed mounted canvas
2 Large Canvas Boards 18x24”
2 Small Canvas Boards, either 8x10” or 9x12”
You are welcome to get these, they are cheaper…
But I recommend these, they are nicer to work on…
Please bring any still life props that you would like to paint!
RRA has some lovely still life options, but I recommend bringing something that really inspires you! Try and keep things small and simple, since we don’t have a ton of time—even the most simple objects can be beautiful when painted well!
Some recommendations are:
Small vases, marbles, silk/synthetic flowers, sea shells, boxes, solid (not printed or patterned) fabric, and whatever else you might enjoy working on!