Oil Supplies List
The oil colors I use change from time to time, as I try out new techniques and colors. I encourage my students to use good quality, artist quality paint, and save your pennies on your brushes and canvases. Email me at [email protected] or feel free to give me a call if you have any questions – I’m happy to help! Students traveling together are welcome to share paints to save on expenses. I want to be absolutely sure you enjoy your workshop experience, and have no worries or frustrations related to your supplies. I purchase all of my supplies online to get the BEST prices. Also bring bags for trash, a standing or tabletop easel, towels and canvas. See below for more details.
I recommend Artist quality oil paints and you can find them all in my shop – Dick Blick Shop – CLICK HERE. There are 2 lists here, one is required colors (many of these you may already have), one list is recommended. Many of the required colors here are in most oil painters’ supplies already, and are not required in a certain brand. I do also allow water based oil paints, as well as acrylics to be used in my classes. If you are traveling with a friend, sharing colors the first workshop is a great way to save money. The color brands listed below are recommended but not required. However, the first 3 colors listed here should be purchased as the exact brands listed.
Please buy these first 3 colors of oils in these brands:
- Sap Green – Rembrandt
- Transparent Oxide Yellow (Rembrandt)
- Ultramarine Blue Deep (Rembrandt)
Also, buy in any good artist quality brand:
- Cobalt Blue Light (Rembrandt)
- Cadmium Yellow Light
- Alizarin Crimson
- Permanent Rose or Quinacridone Rose
- Winsor Violet/Dioxazine Purple
- Titanium White
- Cadmium Red Light
- Transparent Oxide Red
- Indian Yellow by Winsor & Newton
- Richeson Shiva Series – Ice blue
- Indigo or Payne’s Gray (any brand)
These are optional, extra funky fun colors:
- Transparent Orange by Gamblin
- Caribbean Blue by Old Holland
- Magenta by Winsor & Newton
- Brilliant Yellow Light by Richeson Shiva Series (or Naples Yellow Light) Transparent Red Medium by Rembrandt
16X16, 14X14, OR 11X14 canvas or similar sizes are fine – one for EACH DAY of class
Your favorite Cotton Canvas or panel. (Treat your cotton canvas in advance with 2 layers of thinly applied acrylic white gesso. Let dry between coats.) There is no need to tint your canvas ahead of time. A white surface is fine.
Brushes and palette knife
My favorite brush is about $2 – it is the ¾ inch wide flat Royal Soft Grip SG 700
Order about four of these (they are not expensive but PLEASE BE AWARE you must use Turpenoid brand solvent with these brushes (or Gamsol or Mona Lisa) –purchase brushes HERE Solvents such as “Odorless Mineral spirits”, turpentine, and other cheap solvent substitutes will remove the glue in the ferrell of your brushes, and are also bad for your lungs.
I also occasionally use a Royal Sabletek by Langnickel L95010 Number 14 Bright – purchase HERE. You may also bring any of your favorite brands of brushes in large and small sizes. Avoid hog bristle brushes which are very stiff.
A liner or rigger brush in your favorite brand – any brand of liner brush will be fine.
Also bring a small bottle of baby oil, to condition your brushes each evening after class.
My favorite palette knife is the Liquitex Number 16 small brush. You can find it here
PLEASE BE SURE TO BRING A CONTAINER FOR YOUR MEDIUM AND SOLVENT WITH LIDS
Mediums and Solvent
Use only odorless mediums – NOT Liquin please
I recommend: Chroma Brand Archival Lean Medium – purchase HERE
*Solvent – Use only odorless solvent, Gamsol, Turpenoid or Mona Lisa.
No “Turpenoid Natural” or “odorless mineral spirits” or turpentine, which tend to have strong odors can be toxic in a classroom space. Also great, is Zest-It – click here to purchase
- Standing or table top easel
- Paper towels
- Bag for trash
- Paper palette (Richeson Grey Matters Paper Palette 16X20 size) – purchase Here
- Palette knife
- Kemper wipe-out tool purchase Here
There are 2 lists, one required, one is only recommended. You may already have many of these items.