art painting supplies
for oil painting

These are the art painting supplies I use for my oil paintings.

Actually I have been using alkyd paints for many years instead of the traditional oil paints.

what are alkyd paints?

Alkyd paints use the same pigments as oil paints.

They handle just like oil paints. They are the paints I have used for all my 'oil paintings' since the 1980s.

I first used them on a trip where I needed the paintings to dry, so I could pack them for the trip home.

Alkyd paints dry completely over night or 24 hours maximum.

They all dry at the same time and have a lovely soft sheen when they are dry.

You certainly may use any oil paints of your choice.

But I am thoroughly hooked on Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyds.
Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyds

But I am thoroughly hooked on Winsor & Newton Griffin Alkyds.

Art painting supplies for oil painting, art by Carol MayAlkyd (oil) Painting by Carol May

paint colors

I use a warm and a cool color of each of the main colors on the color wheel.

  • Lemon Yellow and Indian Yellow (Cadmium Yellow Deep, Raw Sienna)
  • Cadmium Orange and Burnt Sienna
  • Winsor Red (Cadmium Red Light or Cadmium Red Deep) and Permanent Rose (Alizarin Crimson)
  • Magenta and Dioxazine Purple
  • Ultramarine Blue and Thalo Blue (Cobalt Blue)
  • Sap Green and Thalo Green (Viridian Green)

I use Titanium White along with these twelve colors.

supports for oil paintings

I use stretched canvas for my oil paintings. I enjoy the give and action of a stretched canvas.

The last few years I have been using the gallery-wrap canvases. The paintings can be displayed without a frame.

Sometimes I use hardboard panels. Panels don't take up as much room in storage.

Years ago, I used to make my own hardboard panels because it was more cost effective.

But now I purchase the ready-made - Ampersand Claybord

art painting supplies for oils

  • A good quality oil paint.
  • Stretched canvas or hardboard panels.
  • Two painting brushes, plus a rigger.
  • Brush cleaning materials with a container
  • Palette
  • Drawing paper, pencil and eraser
  • Graphite paper to transfer your drawing
  • Rags or paper towels for cleanup.
  • Good light and ventilation in your painting area

oil painting brushes

I learned to oil paint using Robert Simmons hog bristle brushes. I used the #7 and #11 filberts.

The last few years I have used the Winsor Newton Galeria brushes. I now use both flat and filbert brushes.

I have switched to the Galeria brushes almost exclusively for my oil paintings.

I also use about a #4 rigger brush for tree limbs and my signature.

Find a wide variety of brushes for all budgets at BLICK!

additional materials

I use odorless mineral spirits for cleaning my brushes while I am painting. I keep the mineral spirits in a covered brush cleaning container.

When the day is done, I use The Master's Brush Cleaner to thoroughly clean my brushes.

Now-a-days I use a paper palette. I only lay out the paints I will be using for the specific painting.

If I have paint left over at the end of the day, I cover it and stick it in the freezer for next time I paint.


get ready to paint!

These art painting supplies have served me very well over the years.

They have produced lots of good paintings.

They will work for you, too!

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