My Materials

I am always experimenting with new materials. Here is what I am currently using.

Painting supplies (Studio):

  • Glass palette over middle value gray
  • For smaller paintings or working on detailed areas, I turn to the ParellelPALETTE, an amazing vertical mixing system that allows you to see your painting and your color mixtures side by side in the same light. I mount it to my easel using a Manfrotto Magic Arm and Super Clamp.
  • Paper towel (Viva - I have an Amazon subscription)
  • Cling wrap (keeps leftover paint fresh on the palette for about a day)
  • Palette knife (3” straight blade)
  • Air Tight Brush Washer filled with Artists' Grade Gamsol
  • Painting medium (Oleogel)

Painting Surfaces:

Paints:

I use a variety of high quality paints. This list below are my current favorites. Paints with an asterisk (*) are almost always on my pallette.

Brushes

  • Rosemary Long Flat Mongoose brushes, series 279, in sizes 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 
  • Rosemary Short Flat Mongoose brushes, series 274, in sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 
  • Rosemary Pure Sable flats, series 77, in sizes 6-14 
  • Grey Matters rounds, series 9811, in sizes 4-8 
  • Flat hog bristle brushes in all sizes from 2, 4, 8, 10, 12 (Robert Simmons Signet or Rosemary Ivory series) 
  • Long filbert hog bristle brushes in sizes 2, 4, 6, 10 (I like Silver Unlimited Grand Prix) 
  • Round sables in sizes 00 (or as small as you can go!), 2, 4, 6 (such as Rosemary mongoose series 272, or Rembrandt) 

Lighting


Good lighting is a must! I try to have the same temperature light on my canvas and palette as on my model. I work with a couple different lights: a fluorescent daylight-balanced softbox set-up on a boom stand (available through Cowboy Studio, see below), and an LED temperature-adjustable light from Aputure, which I usually have set to 4500K. These lights offer cool lighting that comes as close to natural north light as one can get.
Click the image to view this continuous set from Cowboy Studio:



Click the image to view the Aputure Light StormLS1C:


As far as light stands, I recommend using a metal boom stand (you can balance it with a sandbag) to light the model or a still life setup, as it gives you a lot more control over the lighting angle. Here's what I have in my studio:

Painting Supplies (Plein Air):



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2 comments:

  1. Hi Anna,
    I am a big fan of your work. I am an artist in Canada, and have a question about varnishing oil paintings. I just finished a piece that is going to a juried show in Vancouver in two weeks, but when I varnished it with retouch varnish, the glare off some of my brushwork is distracting. I know I can get matte varnish, but that can not be applied for about six months. The only other thing I have read about is wax varnish, or cold wax medium (Gamblin). apparently I can apply it to a dry-to-the-touch painting, and buff it, and get a matte finish. This sounds good to me, but I would like an expert opinion on it. Do you have any experience with this? Any info or advice would be appreciated. I know you are a busy new mom (congratulations), and I know what it is like trying to work with kids around (we have three and home school). But any info would be apreciated! My e-mail is dnelson700@hotmail.com, and my website is darrylnelson.com
    Thanks,
    Darryl

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  2. Thank you Anna! Helpful information for Artists like myself, still trying to discover our identity as an Artist. - Susan

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