Visual Arts Center of Richmond – Intro to Oil Painting or Painting in Oil
Instructor: Brenda Isenberg
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Filbert Brushes Only - No synthetic brushes
Sizes: 4, 8, 12, 18
Chung King bristle brushes - on the larger side, 12+
Medium and Brush Cleaning
Gamsol (Turpentine substitute by Gamblin)
Sun-Thickened Linseed Oil
Please pre-open the above 3 items before class, and then close again.
2 glass jars with lids that seal tightly. (Empty, washed preserves jars are good.)
Small, 3 oz. translucent plastic cups (comes in a package of 80) for pouring a small
amount of medium into (CVS has these.)
Palette: Pad of disposable palettes (At least 12 x 16 inches -- or larger)
Stretched and prepared canvas or linen – not much larger than 24 inches in any
direction. (Helpful to buy 2 in the beginning, more later.)
Please don’t paint on canvas board.
Paper Towels – Viva brand is the nicest for painting.
Radiant White (Gamblin) Large 150 ML tube
All other paints in 37 or 40 ML tubes:
Cadmium Red Deep
Flesh Ochre (Old Holland - make sure it is not "flesh tint")
Pink Madder (Holbein)
Cadmium yellow Light
Chromium oxide green
Permanent Green Light
Permanent Green Dark or Deep
Greys & Deep Dark Earth:
Sepia Extra (Old Holland)
Terre de Cassel (Lefranc & Bourgeois)
Palette knives - Shown below are 3 recommended shapes (I find the bottom one most
useful.) Please note that these palette knives do not lay flat. It's important to have the
handle higher in space than the palette part.
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Recommended Brushes - Filbert Brushes Only
Brushes should have spring and resilience to them. If you push your finger against the
brush hairs and release, they should immediately go back to where they were before
touching them. Therefore, I always like to buy my brushes in person, so I can test their
strength. My favorite brand is Da Vinci Black Sable Double Thick
I also like Isabey Mongoose Brushes, Isabey Pure Kolinsky Sable Brushes, and Raphael
brand brushes as well.
I like to have a Princeton 7400R #1 (this is a "Round" not a Filbert, and I think it's synthetic,
but there's always an exception.) In general, synthetic brushes don’t have enough
resilience and spring to them.
How to Mix your Medium
1 part Sun-Thickened Linseed Oil
1 part Venice Turpentine
2 parts Gamsol
Pour these 3 liquids into a container which you will be able to reseal tightly, as you will
shake the container to mix the substances together before each painting session. You
will pour a bit out into a transparent plastic cup or other container when you start your
Oil Painting - What to expect in the first class:
Understanding Warms and Cools - Mostly grisaille painting (warm and cold blacks,
probably some yellow ochre and a red). We’ll paint a cylinder – a simple shape – in the
form of an everyday object – as well as the surrounding space and air, which we will
also analyze in terms of value and color temperature, as well as plane changes.
1) Grisaille: Painting in a single color of different values,
2) Color Temperature: The optical warmth or coolness of a
pigment; blue is cold, red and yellow are warm. Green is not
as cold as blue, because it has yellow in it. Purple is colder
than magenta. Both are a mix of red and blue, but purple
has more blue than red, and magenta has more red than
3) Value: The amount of white mixed into a pigment. This is
also known as saturation.
WHERE TO BUY ANY SUPPLIES YOU NEED – Please shop at an art store, not a crafts store.
http://www.mainartsupply.com/ (locally owned, very helpful & knowledgeable staff)
Main Art @ Main St and Lombardy St., 1537 West Main St, 355-6151
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9-6; Sat, 10-5
Plaza Art @ Grace St. and Harrison St., 927 West Grace St. 359-5900
For store hours: http://www.plazaart.com/
If Main Art and Plaza Art don’t have supplies on this list go online and order from Blick
Art Materials at http://www.dickblick.com. In my experience, their online operation is
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.