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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.
  • 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 Amazonprofessional canvas panels from Blickoil 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…
  • 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.