Fine Art Oil Portrait Artist
Official and Family Heirloom Fine Art Portraits
Portrait Society of America Award Winner
DAR American Heritage Award Winner
American Artist Professional League Award Winner
Portrait Society of Atlanta Award Winner
Silver Brush Grand Prix brand is recommended
Bristle Filbert # 2 - 1
Bristle Filbert #4 - at least two
Viva paper towels - at least 2 rolls – Viva is a Kleenex brand and is recommended.
Gamsol in container with lid
Bring two containers to allow clean liquid to rise to the top overnight and be poured into fresh container each morning.
Linseed oil, walnut oil or your choice
OPTIONAL - A baseball cap, visor or hat with a brim can prove useful to reduce glare,
CANVAS OR PANEL - 4 - 8x10 (untoned), 2- 11x14, 2- 12x16 – Toned
(additional canvas is optional)
CANVAS TONING PROCESS: Sand canvas lightly. Use pre-stretched, pre-primed canvas, use a brush to apply one coat of Golden Acrylic N6 Neutral Gray paint diluted with water. The mixture ratio is approximately two parts water to one part paint. To apply the tone, first cover the entire surface of the canvas with the mixture using a 2 or 3-inch wide brush. When the surface is completely covered, ensure the paint surface is smooth by lightly dragging the brush through the paint from one edge to the other across the entire surface. The finished canvas should have a uniform smooth gray finish. Do not apply paint too thick as it reduces the canvas absorbency and makes it more difficult to apply the paint evenly. It will look streaky, and should be a mid to light value gray ground.
WOODEN PALETTE preferred
Large palette, at least 12” x 16”
The palette must be treated, or seasoned, to prevent paint absorption. To treat, apply a coat of regular or quick-dry polyurethane. Let dry, sand lightly. Apply additional coats if needed. To season apply a thin coat of painting medium to the palette, rubbing it in. Repeat daily for about a week. It is important to treat your palette because an untreated palette will quickly absorb the paint oil.
Large glass or other non-porous palettes are also acceptable.
Paper palettes are not recommended.
Professional grade paints are preferred. Windsor & Newton, Gamblin, Old Holland, Williamsburg or Vasari are recommended.
But not required.
* minimum required
Cadmium Red Deep
Cadmium Scarlet *
Perylene Red (optional)
Alizarin Crimson Permanent *
Burnt Sienna *
Raw Sienna *
Cadmium Green Pale
Viridian Green *
Cadmium orange *
Cadmium Yellow Light *
Cadmium Yellow medium (optional)
Cerulean Blue *
Ultramarine Blue *
Titanium White * or Flake/Cremnitz/Silver White (Holbein)