Brooke Paints



Oil Painting Materials List


When purchasing oil paints today, there are so many colors and brands to choose from it can get complicated (and expensive!) very quickly. Most beginning artists choose a brand of paint based on price. The cheaper paints (like Winton from Windsor & Newton or 1980 from Gamblin) are considered student grade which means they have half the pigment load of an artist grade paint. If you see "hue" in the name it means the color is made with a substitute (cheaper) pigment. Please avoid purchasing these paints as you will find them difficult to work with and you will go through paint much more quickly than investing in a good quality artist grade paint. My favorite brand is Gamblin (a local Portland company!) because the texture of their paint is deliciously buttery straight out of the tube. However, most major brands have excellent quality paint. You may find that some are stiffer or looser straight out of the tube and  depending upon your personal preference you may like one brand over another.  It may be helpful to purchase colors from several brands to see which ones you like best!  


You are not required to purchase all of the colors I use, but please bring at least one of each primary color + white to class. Here is a list of colors I like best: Cadmium Red Medium, Perylene Red, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Gold Ochre, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue, Phthalo Turquoise, Dioxozine Purple, Titanium White, and Ivory Black. Warning: Cadmiums are a highly toxic, heavy metal pigment. There is no real substitute (in my oppinion) for the vibrancy of color they provide. However, if you are concerned about exposure/skin contact you can look for the most primary red/yellow (think fire engine red/sunflower yellow) available or ask a clerk for help.


Additional supplies required in general for oil painting:

Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits) + a jar with tightly sealing lid to hold the Gamsol, linseed oil (or a medium of choice) + cup to hold it, a neutral colored palette (glass, wood, or plastic will do), a palette knife, paper towels, brushes (a broad range of small to large, flats/filberts/rounds... again you may find you prefer to paint with a particular brush shape so purchase a variety for experimentation, you can never have too many brushes!), and a surface to paint on (stretched canvas, linen panels, wood, or anything that has been prepared with a gesso sealer will do). The size of your surface is up to you but I'd recommend choosing something that is similar in proportion to the reference image you will be working from. For example if your photo is a square, then a 12x12" up to a 18x18" surface would suffice. 11x14" 12x16"  16x20" and 18x24" are all great standard sizes (which makes framing the painting much easier and cheaper). You will need a good quality photo, tape, and a table easel (or plein air easel).