Bill Martin's Guide to Oil Painting
In response to your requests for specific materials recommendations
this is my actual painting supply replacement list.
Over the years I've been painting I've developed opinions and preferences for certain brands, brushes, knives, palettes, canvas etc. I’ve tried them all and picked the ones that have worked the best for me. All are geared to maximum performance, minimum maintenance and low cost. Here’s the list.
The Basic Kit
There are certain oil painting supplies that I recommend as part of a basic kit, including colors, brushes, palette, palette knife, thinner, linseed oil, stretched canvas, spray retouch varnish and final varnish. These items are highlighted in blue.
PAINTS AND COLORS:
These are all Winsor & Newton oil paints. (Their quality is higher than their price.)
Red sable Round brushes:
PALETTES AND KNIVES:
I recommend removing the white backing and replacing it with common brown wrapping paper. A white palette is difficult for dark colors.OR
A wooden palette should be coated with linseed oil before and after each painting session. Wipe off excess.
Raw (unstretched and unprimed) Canvas:
Spray Damar Varnish:
Turpentine: (for making varnish)
Other supply recommendations: