From time to time I get asked questions about the painting materials I use...
This will be an updated list of my favorite supplies.
An art blogging group out of the UK put together a lot of useful information on oil paint and oil paint manufacturing companies:
Below is my the colors on my palette, and extra colors. It is also the order I put them on my palette (from right to left).
This is my full palette... Sometimes I go with a limited palette, especially when painting outside.
Utrecht White (titanium/ zinc mix)
Quick Dry White - Gamblin
Alkyd White - Winsor Newton, or any brand of alkyd or quick dry white works well.
Colors: Below are the brand names I use, always changing, most companies make great paints. Use what you have, or are familiar with how they mix.
Naples Yellow Italian- Williamsburg
Cadmium Yellow Light - Utrecht
Cadmium Yellow Lemon - Utrecht
Cadmium Orange -Utrecht
Cadmium Red Deep - Rembrandt
Permanent Madder Deep - Winsor Newton, or Alizarin Permanent - Gamblin
Perylene Red - Gamblin
Venetian Red - Gamblin/ or Terra Rosa
Indian Red - Holbein
Yellow Ocher - Winsor Newton
Emerald Green- Gamblin
Phthalo Green Yellow Shade - Gamblin
Ultramarine Blue - Old Holland
Prussian Blue - Gamblin
Ivory (bone) Black - Gamblin (or any brand)
Thalo Red Rose - Grumbacher
I use Prussian blue and Perylene to make my transparent blacks, but also started using Ivory (Bone) Black.
Medium: I am experimenting with a mixing medium to make my paints flow. my current mix is:
Equal parts OMS & Linseed Oil, or triple rectified turpentine and linseed oil (Sargent's favorite), outside.
My favorite dryer/medium in the studio, is Winsor Newton Liquin...
Only on the first thin Underpainting layers.
Chungking soft bristle brushes , daVinci Chungking Maestro (5023) …
I also like the larger sizes of the daVinci and Utrecht bristle brushes- extra wide flat spalters.
Robert Simons Signet Bristle Brushes, Silver Brush Limited /Grand Prix Bristle Brushes, Utrecht series 219, Da Vinci Maestro Bristle brushes
Trekell Brushes and soap, I love the Legion Synthetic mongoose brushes... the best I have found
I clean my brushes with Trekell Linseed Oil Soap
or Richard's linseed oil soap
My new favorite brushes are the Trekell Spectrum and the Golden Taklon. I like the rounds of the Golden taklon and all the Spectrum, especially the filberts.
Legion Sybthetic Mongoose brushes
I use: flats, brights, rounds and filberts.
I like the Mongoose brushes, and all the brushes, by Rosemary & CO., England, very nice brushes and are a fair price.
i also love their ivory series, especially the rounds.
i like experimenting with different painting surfaces, from the very smooth, to the very rough, textured to glassy, absorbent to slippery.
trying new painting materials will get you out of your comfort zone and will foster new techniques.
Claessens #15 D.P. linen.
I also use: Claessens single primed linen #29 (rough texture).
I have smooth panels made for me by dale Vigent, at Vigent custom finishes. three coats of hyper ground Italian acrylic finish.
*New - Arches Oil Paper http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj4lt0yge_i
For my panels, I mount the canvas (or paper), on 1/8-1/4 inch birch plywood, Foamboard or Gatorboard, using miracle muck from. canvaspanels.com
I use gatorboard from: http://www.artgrafix.com/ and http://www.foamboardsource.com/
You can buy the boards pre-made in most online stores like ASW, Jerry's, Dick Blick, and by three companies listed below:
linen or/ canvas on 1/8th or 1/4 birch panels:
Judson's art outfitters you buy the glue for mounting panels at this site.
http://www.raymarart.com/ linen or/ canvas on Masonite®:
When stretching canvas, i use upper Canada stretchers : http://www.ucsart.com/
For transporting paintings, especially overseas, I use two different panel carriers.
RayMar 12x16 multi size carrier:
And my favorite PanelPak
I have one of almost every size.
Usually when I go out painting, I need only two panels which makes these perfect.
I try almost every new paint box out there and have made, or have made, some that I love.
I use a Gloucester style easel, by take it easel, http://takeiteasel.com/
and a custom built paint box by my friend Allan breed
When I travel, especially overseas, I use the Yellowstone Lite, by Alla Prima Pochade http://www.allaprimapochade.com/yellowstone_lite/yellowstone_lite.html
My new rig 2014:
...and a new box that I designed, and was built by Sam Breed.
or my open box m, designed by Mike Maier
In my studio I use a Hughes's Easel 3000
I use Gamsol (Gamblin)- odorless mineral spirits:
I varnish my paintings with Gamvar (Gamblin): http://www.gamblincolors.com/howtp.html#gav
Favorite artists links:
John Singer Sargent
Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida