Getting Started Oil Painting

PLUMS 6X8 KeevanDonahue.com

What you need

Paints ($25)

  1. Titanium White (big tube)
  2. Alizarin Red (darker) (small tube)
  3. Ultramarine Blue (small tube)
  4. Burnt Umber (small tube)
  5. Cadmium Yellow Pale (small tube)
  1. Yellow Ocher (for skin)
  2. Cadmium Red (for skin, blush)
  3. Raw Umber (for shadows)
  4. Burnt Sienna (for imprimatura)

Palette ($10)

Supports ($15)

Brushes ($100)

  1. 2x Filbert 8 (workhorse brushes for almost everything)
  2. 2x Filbert 4 (Another workhorse brush but a little smaller for smaller paintings or details)
  3. 2x Round 1 (for small details)
  4. Flat 12 (big flat brush for doing backgrounds quickly)
  5. Palette Knife—not technically a brush but you need it to mix your paint and sometimes to put it on or take it off the canvas. Get a long-ish one with rounded edges.

Medium ($10)

Clean Up ($15)

Easel (optional)

Lighting (optional)

Get Started

Just painted this lemon using basically the setup recommended here.

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