Painting Light from Life
Dana B. Thompson
Suggested Oil Paints:
All tubes....37ml except white--get the larger 200ml tube.
Also, be careful not to pick up the water-soluable oil paint tubes. In many stores they place them right next to the regular oils and it's easy to pick up the wrong ones.
Cadmium Red Light ("Cadmium Scarlet" is Winsor &Newton's name for Cad. Red Lt.)
Cadmium Yellow Pale
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Indian Yellow (Winsor & Newton)
Cadmium Green (Gamblin) or Cad Green Pale (W&N)
Naples Yellow Light
Flake White or Titanium-Zinc White (Williamsburg Brand), Cremnitz (W&N) or Titanium White (W&N)- big tube. (Don't get Flake White #1 it's too stiff) No Hues please. Optional Oil Colors to be kept in reserve for particular subject matter or effects:
Cinnabar Green (Holbein)
Brilliant Rose (Old Holland) or Brilliant Magenta (Gamblin)
Cobalt Turquoise Lt. (W&N) or Cobalt Teal (Gamblin)
Transparent Oxide Red (Rembrandt)
Medium: Refined Linseed
Oil Solvent: Odorless Mineral Spirits (turpentine) such as Turpenoid (in the blue can), Mona Lisa. Gamsol is best,but more expensive. Please avoid regular turpentine. Bring a jar with a lid to put the solvent in.
Suggested Acrylic Paints:
Liquitex or Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in 2 oz.tubes. Get the large 7oz. tube for white
No Basics or Hues.
Alizarine Crimson Permanent (Okay, it’s a "hue," but it’s the only option for AC)
Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Yellow Light
Chromium Oxide Green
Phtalo Green (Blue Shade)
Titanium White (7 oz.)
Ultramarine Blue (Red Shade)
Transparent Raw UmberOptional Colors:
Light Blue Violet
Vivid Lime Green
Container for Water and small spray bottle
Slow-Dri Blending Fluid (Liquitex) To retard drying time.
Optional: Masterson's Sta-Wet Palette (Sponge and palette paper included)
Materials for Oils and Acrylics:
Brushes: Filbert or Flat Hog Bristle brushes in several sizes, stiff is better than soft, larger sizes are better than small, e.i .1/4-inch, 1/2-inch and 1-inch widths. And at least one or two small sable, badger or mongoose brushes numbers #1, #2 or #3.
Make sure your brushes have long handles and long bristles
Bring a couple of canvases to choose from approx. 16”x20" no smaller than 12" x 16".
Flexible metal, not plastic. Arrowhead or wedge shape
Super absorbent like Bounty or blue shop towels from Home Depot (in paint dept.)
Palette & Scraper:
A palette no smaller than 12”x16”. I have a glass palette so I use a window scraper or single edged razor blade to remove paint to make more room for mixing. I keep my palette in a sealable, plastic box (with a blue lid) made by Masterson’s. Glass is not included in this box so you’d have to purchase it separately (Banner Glass is a good place to go for your glass or Michaels frame dept). The plastic box with lid is available at Michael’s.
Easel & Taboret:
I have a few. Any questions please call me. 540-338-5386 or e-mail me at
Most of these supplies can be purchased at most art and craft stores.
Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby (all local, but may not have all items)