Loudoun Academy of the Arts

Oil Painting
with Joe Trigiani

OIL PAINT It is best for the you to start off with the best quality materials. High quality paints are very important to your success throughout this class. I recommend that you use Gamblin Paints and mediums, these are high quality products that are not very expensive. If you wish to use other paints, that is always fine. I find that Utrecht also makes very good paints for a very reasonable price.

White: I would like for each of you to have Winsor Newton “Soft Mixing White”. I recommend that you buy the larger tube. I also have Gamblin’s Quick Dry White.

Color Palette: I have all of the following colors in my selection of paints. Given that no two people have the exact same flesh tone it is important to have these colors for modification. All colors are Gamblin brand except where noted.
Soft Mixing White (Winsor Newton), Hansa Yellow Deep, Naples Yellow Hue, Yellow Ochre, Napthol Scarlet, Quinaridone Red, Alizarin Crimson, Indian Red (Winsor Newton), Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna (Winsor Newton), Raw Umber, Transparent Earth Orange, Permanent Green Light, Phthalo Green, Dioxazine Purple, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Ivory Black.

Mediums: I rarely use any type of medium in my paintings. There are a few that I recommend. Liquin (Winsor Newton), Wingel (Winsor Newton). I will use a half-and-half combination of Gamsol (Gamblin) and Galkyd (Gamblin) to “oil out” my paintings as a pre-varnish. This method will bring life back in to the color of the paint once the painting is dry.

Solvents and Brush Washers: I must insist that only Gamsol is used in the studio, it has been tested and proven to be the least harmful solvent in a classroom environment. Turpenoid is odorless but still contains the same harmful toxins as regular turpentine, you just cannot smell them. **You must have only Gamsol when painting in the studio, for your safety and your classmates.** If you are unable to get Gamsol, please see me. Please have a brush washer with a lid so when not in use, it can be covered. A one pound coffee can with lid and hardware cloth in the bottom works fine.

Brushes: Very Important to have good quality brushes. Utrecht has very good brushes at a very good value. I did some research at local stores, and I found that the “Princeton” series of brushes at Ben Franklin are of good sturdiness and should hold up well. I did not see any brush at Michael’s that I would recommend you use, except for the Winsor Newton Sable Brush.
I would like for you to have the following brushes: (At least two of each size is recommended), Bristle Filberts: Size 4,6,8,10,12
Bristle Flats: Size 6,8,10
Sable Round: You only need one. See my brush as example. Winsor Newton Sceptre is what I use and is of fine quality.

Canvas Sizes: The following are suggestions only. We are painting life-size so be sure you have a canvas size that is proper.
14x18 or 16x20- 2 of whichever size you choose.
20x24- 2 of each (This size will be needed later on in the session for head and shoulders size painting). You might also want to consider buying a roll of Fredrix canvas (Be sure to buy the one that is already gessoed, if you don’t want to do it yourself). You can then cut off a piece to your desired size and paint on that clipped down to a drawing board. (I use this method when doing studies).

Miscellaneous Items: The (*) indicates those items I think you should have.
I recommend that you purchase a Jullian French Easel, it will hold all of your paints and brushes and other items. It comes with a palette. Most important, it allows you to paint on the vertical, it is very important that the easel not be leaning backwards or the light will throw off the entire painting. It will also allow you to transport wet paintings without the worry of smearing or ruining the painting. This easel is in the $100+ range but is the greatest investment you could possibly make!!
1. Wooden Hand Palette*- Oval or Rectangular
2. Mahl Stick- a _” diameter dowel of about 30” used to steady your hand
3. Bounty Paper Towels*- They are more absorbant!!
4. Palette Knife*
5. Mirror*- An absolute must!! A small hand mirror will suffice
6. Charcoal or Pencils*- You will learn as we go to draw with your brush but it would good to have these in the first few classes.
7. Grumbacher Tufflim Final Fixative- You spray this over your contour drawing and it will seal it so you may paint over it without smearing pencil or charcoal in your paint.
8. Tube Ringer- Useful for getting paint out of tubes.

Plaza Artist Materials- www.pla-za.com 3045 Nutley Street Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: (703)-280-4500
Utrecht Art Supplies- www.utrechtart.com 13th and I Sts. N.W. Washington D.C.
Phone: (202) 898-0555:

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