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People keep asking me...
Where do I get my special oil paints from? I usually direct people to the manufacturer's website in Australia, but I've found that Dick Blick are now selling them online in the US, and over 70% of my students are from the US too, so it makes sense to get them from there - they give online discounts too :-)

   
My Shopping List
I've made a recommended art supply list for you which you will see when you click on the button below. There is a list for each different course. The list contains the paints and accessories I use and have found to be the best for my style of painting and my way of working. I've put everything on there for you that I would purchase if I was just starting out and had nothing, but you'll probably already have some of it so you can just remove things from the list when you get there - you'll see.
   
Oil Paints
The paints are called
Archival Oils from Chroma and I continue to use them for 4 BIG reasons...
1 Very high quality - excellent pigments and great consistency make them a joy to work with.
2 Fast drying - touch dry in under 24 hours and with mediums available to extend drying time when required.
3 Permanently flexible - made with alkyd resin so you can do away with traditional oil painting rules and you don't have to worry about cracking.
4 Low toxicity - slow solvent evaporation, which means less toxic fumes - very important for studio work.
   
To my knowledge these are the most technologically advanced oil paints in the world. I've tried many of the other bigger brands and these are the ones I've chosen to continue to paint with. If you find something better let me know!
  I recommend having these colors:
Cad Yellow Light, Cad Yellow Medium, Cad Orange, Cad Scarlet, Cad Red Mid, Permanent Alizarine, Quinacridone Magenta, Brilliant Violet, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Pthalo Turquoise, Pthalo Green, Permanent Green Light, Titanium White, Tinting White, Carbon Black.
   
Cobra Water Mixable Oils
These paints are from
Royal Talens and I often use them for 1 BIG reason...
1 No nasty chemicals! - If you find yourself sensitive to the fumes from oil painting mediums and solvents I suggest you use these paints. I simply use Walnut Oil as the painting medium. They wash off with soap in warm water and they're simply the best water mixable oils I've used.
Cobra Water Mixable Oils
   
Acrylic Paints
Atelier Interactive Professional Artists’ Acrylics from Chroma. This is truly a revolutionary new paint. These are perfect for achieving the fluid buttery look of oils but with the ease of a water-based medium.
Very high quality - excellent pigments and great consistency make them a joy to work with.
Reworkable - touch dry in minutes like normal acrylics but when re-wet with water they become workable again - meaning you can produce those fluid gradations and painterly effects found only with oils up until now.
Recommended Acrylic Accessories:  
Water Sprayer - for reworking after short periods.
Unlocking Formula - for reworking after long periods.
Retarder Medium - use this retarder in very dry conditions. Mix 1 part retarder to 10 parts water.
Gloss Medium Varnish - Used to change the sheen levels of acrylic paints, or as an over-varnish that provides a non-tacky protective coating for acrylic painting. Available in Gloss, Matte, and Satin.

  I recommend having these colors:
Cad Yellow Light, Cad Yellow Medium, Cad Orange, Cad Scarlet, Cad Red Mid, Permanent Alizarine, Quinacridone Magenta, Brilliant Violet, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Pthalo Turquoise, Pthalo Green, Permanent Green Light, Titanium White, Tinting White, Carbon Black.

Brushes
I use Rosemary & Co. brushes for their excellent quality flats. The bristles are long and springy which means they can hold a lot of paint and still give a beautiful calligraphic brushstroke. The handles are long which allows for looser handling. They are very durable being made from high quality materials. You can purchase the complete Richard Robinson Brush Set here: www.rosemaryandco.com/gift-sets/richard-robinson-set

brushes


Oil Painting Mediums
Painting mediums help the paint flow better on the canvas. Beginners often make the mistake of using turps throughout the whole painting, which leads to very thin chalky paint. I generally use lean or classic medium - lean if I want it to dry extra fast and medium if I want a little more working time. I keep a small bottle of fat medium handy for times when I want the painting to remain wet for continuing the next day.

Odorless Solvent for Oils
I always use the Archival odorless solvent to rinse and clean my brushes during and after painting. Turps just knocks me out. There are other odorless solvents available but I use Archival's because I figure it will work best with their paints.
Easel
I got this Mabef French painting easel for my 30th Birthday and I've always loved it. You can use it with the legs extended or folded away as a tabletop easel, it can hold large and small canvases and has plenty of storage room for everything you need. I wouldn't want to go hiking with this one because it's fairly weighty fully loaded but if you don't have to walk more than 5 minutes to your painting location it's perfect. I've included this on the MasterClass shopping list in case you want the same easel I use - it's a fairly expensive purchase though so don't rush into it - have a look around at other easels at Dick Blick too.
 

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WAIT! After you click the button do this...

1. Choose Online Schools.
2. Choose LivePaintingLessons.com as your school.

THEN you'll be able to see your shopping list.
(Sorry that it's a bit complicated like that.)


Cobra Water Mixable Oils NEW ZEALAND painters wishing to purchase Cobra Water Mixable Oils please visit www.tasmanartsupplies.co.nz
or email Anita Rood (the owner) directly at anita@tasmanartsupplies.co.nz

 


Please note that I am affiliated with Dick Blick, so if you click on the button above and do purchase anything from them I will receive 10% of that sale. It all helps to keep this website going and keeps me making more lessons for you. :-)

If you have any problems with the shopping list just email me.

Happy Painting , Richard.






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