Artists usually work alone, but not without the help of their trusted tools. Their supplies are invaluable to them and necessary to create whatever it is that they're driven to create. These tools therefore must be of a certain standard in order to aid in executing the artist's thoughts and goals.
The following is a list of supplies that I simply can't do without. Well, perhaps I could eliminate a thing or too -if I absolutely had to- but it wouldn't be without a fight. Each has been of great help to me in all of my endeavors to take a thought and express it though the medium of painting.
While I like what's currently on this list of course, I reserve the right to change my mind at any time, without notice. After all, an artist should always be growing. For now, these are the things that make me happy and allow me the great privilege of self expression. Enjoy!
Winsor & Newton
~Alizerin Crimson (Permanent)
~Cadmium Yellow Pale
~Yellow Ocher Pale
~Cadmium Yellow Deep
~Transparent Oxide Red
~Transparent Oxide Brown
~Ultramarine Blue Deep
~Transparent Yellow Green
Lefranc & Bourgeois
RayMar L64C panels
Note: Though I only use the L64, RayMar makes additional lines of oil primed panels that are a bit more affordable.
Tip: If you don't feel that your work currently warrants the price that these fine linens cost, apply a coat or two of an oil/lead primer to your inexpensive canvases. Gamblin Oil Ground, and Williamsburg Lead Oil Ground are both good choices for this.
Rosemary & Co.
I use the following series' in all available sizes:
2025 "Chunking" bristle, long flats
"Eclipse Combers" long flats
"Evergreen" short flats
Tip: I DO NOT HAVE ANY FAVORITE SIZES! I recommend that you invest in as best a variety as you can possibly afford.
Tip: I recommend using a container large enough to hold an ample supply of solvent. You should be able to clean your brushes thoroughly throughout the painting process, which is impossible to do with too little an amount of your Gamsol. Time after time, I see workshop students use the tiniest of containers in art classes. This is an exorcise in futility! YOU CANNOT KEEP YOUR BRUSHES CLEAN WITHOUT A LARGE QUANTITY OF SOLVENT EVERY TIME YOU PAINT!
I use the STRADA MINI with attachable side-trays.
Gamvar by Gamblin