This video shows the simple studio painting setup that I use, and a color palette that I’ve found to work for most subjects – Note: since filming this I have switched out two of my colors, noted below. We’ll use a color palette similar to this for most months – with the exception of some of the limited palette experiments where we also use the optional colors listed below.
NOTE – use safety glass to avoid injury.
Paint colors – basic palette – substitutions encouraged, but avoid student grade paint.
Cad Yellow Medium
Cad Red Medium
*Rose Matter Hue (or Quinacridone Magenta, Alizarin Crimson, or another magenta)
*Manganese Blue (or Cerulean Blue)
Optional convenience colors used in color mixing lessons
Small Canvas I use
For small works, I prefer art panels, either with canvas affixed to board or gessoed board.
Canvas I use for larger paintings
Blick Premier Cotton Canvas
Favorite paint brushes
1/2″ Flat Golden
Silver Brush Grand Prix Super Brush – Filbert, Long Handle, Size 2
Silver Brush Grand Prix Super Brush – Filbert, Long Handle, Size 4
Sometimes I use no medium, but oftem I use either Archival Oils Lean Painting Medium or Gamblin Solvent Free Gel Medium.
Brush cleaning methods are highly personal. When my brushes get too crunchy to make nice marks, I use Murphy’s Oil Soap to soak and then wash them.
If you use OMS to clean your brushes, make sure you have an air-tight container, to keep your studio air healthy.