Before we dive in, you should know I’m not an art teacher. I am a practitioner of art.
I started oil painting in the late summer of 2017, so at the time this course was written, I have a little over three years of experience under my belt. In all of my painting classes, I’ll share how I paint and a collection of what I’ve learned through studying and practicing art. I hope it’s helpful and encouraging to you!
In this class, we will be painting a study of the famous painting – The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius.
- Oil Paints – Buy the best you can. This is where you want to spend your money, because artist-grade paints have more concentrated pigments, so you can mix the colors without making mud. I like Windsor & Newton and Gamblin and these are the colors used in this study.
- Titanium White – W&N Titanium White
- Ultramarine Blue – W&N Ultramarine Blue Green Shade
- Yellow Ochre Pale – W&N YOP
- Burnt Sienna – W&N Burnt Sienna
- Holbein Foundation Greenish
- This color is optional. I only use a little and it can easily be mixed with the other colors. It is a beautiful pale blue/gray, though, that is nice to use as a starting point for skies. – Charvin Extra Fine Oil in Leaded Gray
- Gamsol (This is to thin the paint and clean brushes. You can also use turpentine, paint thinner, etc.) – Gamsol 14 oz bottle
- Container for Gamsol/solvent (You can also use a glass jar with a screw-on lid) – Leak-Proof Solvent Container
- Canvas panel (I would suggest an 8 x 10 or 9 x 12 for this study) – Canvas panels on Amazon, professional canvas panels from Blick, oil primed linen panel from Jerry’s Artarama (The last one is the panel I am using in a 9 x 12.)
- Palette – I use a glass palette in gray for this tutorial, but you can use a wood palette, white-backed glass, a paper palette (again, white or gray), or use a paper plate, a piece of cardboard, or even a piece of glass in a cheap/old frame.
- Paper towels
- Ziplock bag
- Soap to clean brushes & hands – I use Murphy’s Oil soap or a bar of French olive oil soap to clean my brushes and baby oil to clean my hands, followed by hand soap. You can also use an olive-oil-based soap or any soap that will clean off oil and grease.
- Easel – You don’t have to buy an easel, but could purchase an inexpensive tabletop easel. If you want to get a little fancier, you can buy a pochade box that has an easel and palette built-in. Really, though, you can paint flat or just prop your canvas up on some books or a cardboard box. Don’t let the lack of an easel stop you from painting!
- Brushes – Brushes are such a personal taste, so don’t feel like you have to use the same brushes I use. Use what you have or what you like. I do explain why I switch from synthetic to natural bristle brushes to get a different look through the demo. These are the brushes I ended up using in the demo…
- 3/8″ Evergreen Dagger
- Chungking no. 6 Long Flat
- The other hog’s bristle brush I use would be comparable to the no. 2 Chunking Long Flat. (I bought it at Hobby Lobby and couldn’t find the link.)
- Long Ivory Flats No. 1 & 0
- rubber brush (for detail highlights and signature)
- Palette knife – I think I bought mine as a part of the set years ago and there isn’t a number on it. We just use it for mixing, so you just want an off-set knife with about a 1 1/2″ to 2″ blade. THIS ONE looks comparable.