Oil Painting With Jenny Berry
Bristle brushes: Natural hogs hair bristle like Rosemary & Co. Chungking (rosemaryandco.com – I like series 278 extra long filberts) or a synthetic bristle like Silver Bristlon is good too.
- Size 0 filbert brush
- Size 2 filbert brush
- Size 4 filbert brush
Detail Brushes: I prefer synthetic mongoose for durability and firmness. What we need is a fine pointed, softer brush. What I use is Rosemary & Co’s Eclipse line of rounds. But any softer pointed round is fine.
- Size 0 round brush
- Size 2 round brush
Palette Knives: A longer, flexible, pointed knife makes it easier to mix and manipulate paint on the palette. I like knives like the Blick Painting Knife Style No. 52
- One Palette Knife
Paint: Student grade paint is fine for this class. Gamblin 1980 makes a nice student grade paint. Do the best you can here, paint can be expensive. But a little goes a long way and we’ll be saving it from class to class. If you can’t afford all of the colors message me and I’ll cut down the list for you. And if you’re wondering if that will hamper your creativity: Anders Zorn, one of the greatest realism Masters of all times famously used only four colors on his palette, Ivory Black, Titanium White, Yellow Ochre and Vermillion (Cadmium Red). His paintings are breathtaking.
- Ivory Black
- Pthalo Blue
- Ultramarine Blue
- Alizarine Crimson
- Cadmium Red
- Cadmium Orange
- Burnt Umber
- Raw Umber
- Yellow Ochre
- Cadmium Yellow Medium
- Cadmium Lemon
- Titanium White
Mediums: Mediums are mixed with the paint to give it certain characteristics, make it creamier, make it dry faster, make it dry slower, just generally make it work the way you want it to. In this class we’ll only get into these two but I’ll explain and demonstrate many, others.
- Small Bottle Neo Megilp
- Small REFINED Linseed Oil
(OMS): Used for cleaning brushes and thinning the paint in the underneath layers.
- Small Odorless Mineral Spirits (Gamsol / Turpenoid)
Canvas: For my own work I don’t like fighting with the tooth of the canvas so I usually work on Gessobord by Ampersand or primed baltic birch panels. But some people think it’s too smooth. You are free to work on whatever surface you are comfortable with. Try them all.
- 8 x 10 Canvas / Board
OMS Cleaning Jar: They make special stainless pots for brush cleaning to keep your OMS in but until you know you really love this oil painting thing any small glass jar will do just fine. Find a baby food sized jar, (or buy one at Hobby Lobby) and pour your Gamsol or Turpenoid into it and seal it up tight. Now it’s easier for you to dip your brushes into. I usually carry it in a Ziploc bag just for extra safety back and forth to class.
- Small Glass Jar
Palettes: There are so many choices with palettes. I prefer glass because I like the smoothness for mixing but many people like wood. You might want to try the paper pads until you know which you prefer but definitely make sure you get one large enough to mix enough color on it. It’s frustrating when you don’t have enough room to mix new colors.
Saving your paint after class: Bring a large yogurt container or something similar with a top. Any type of Tupperware bowl with a lid will do. After we are done with our paints for the day we’ll take each of our perfectly mixed colors on the palette knife and wipe them into the bowl or yogurt container then put the lid on it. Then you’ll take it home and put in your freezer. Oil paint will stay fresh for months, maybe longer like that. Just remember to bring your colors in with your painting bag every week or you’ll be mixing them all over again! Maybe leave a big note on top?
- Empty Quart Sized Yogurt Container or Tupperware Bowl
- Roll of Paper Towels/Rags