My Oil Painting Materials
The most Frequently asked questions I receive is about my materials, “what brush is that” “what paint is that” “what are you painting on”.
I do not want to scold those people for asking those questions, when I was a younger student I often asked the same questions, but as you gain more experience you learn that the materials dont matter as much. As long as you purchase quality materials, it mostly comes down to personal preference that has been gained through experience.
I always enjoyed the thought that if you gave Michelangelo and bucket of mud and a broom he would still be able to paint masterpieces. Great skill does not happen in the materials, it happens in the artist.
Trust me I understand, the pros make it looks so effortless, when they use a pen it looks NOTHING like when you use that exact same pen, and that is usually because they have been drawing and practicing their stroke for longer than you and they can achieve a similar effect with almost any instrument.
THAT BEING SAID, I want to share some of my materials for oil painting, these are by no means the correct materials. and they certainly will not be the same materials I use for the rest of my life, but I am still learning the medium so these work perfectly for me.
One of the complaints I hear about oil paint is that it takes forever to set up and get going. This can absolutely be true, but I take pride in my setup and it generally takes me about two minutes to unload everything from my backpack and get painting.
It’s also worth noting that all of this stuff fits nicely in my back pack, since I am primarily a plain air painter I needed to make sure I can be on the go quickly. Of course I did not choose all of these materials by myself, many of them were recommendations from fellow painters like Dennis Perrin, Richard Schmid, Daniel Keys and many more!
My tools and set up will continue to evolve with me as I grow as a painter and I look forward to that!
Thanks for reading!