My materials list has evolved and I feel like now is a good time to document it. This post is more for my own documentation, but I also always love sharing knowledge. I'll go through my materials, color palette and medium one by one.
As a side note: my own color palette is based on Bouguereau's palette, but with my own additions which I feel are necessary. Also, never blindly follow someone else's technique or materials without thinking deeply about it yourself.
-White boar's hair bristle brushes (rounds and flats)
-Small synthetic watercolor brushes (for detail work and signature)
-Brush cleaner jar filled with Gamsol OMS (for brush cleaning)
-Wooden paint box
-Refined linseed oil (for oiling out)
1 oz. Dammar Varnish
1 oz. Stand Oil
5 oz. Gamsol
15-20 drops cobalt drier
-Winsor & Newton High Gloss Varnish (for final varnish, 1 layer)
-Gamsol + Masters brush cleaner for cleaning brushes
-Chrome Yellow Bright
-Chrome Yellow Deep
-Brown Red (or Venetian Red)
-Van Dyke Brown
*My palette is in this order mainly because I'm colorblind so I arrange it in order of color value.
This portrait is progressing really nicely! I think 1-2 more days of work on it until it's all done. As a side note, I've removed titanium white on my palette. I removed it because I feel that the pigment is too powerful.
Also, my medium right now is:
-1 ounce dammar varnish
-1 ounce stand oil
-5 ounces Gamsol
- 15-20 drops of cobalt drier
It's a good all around oil paint medium and dries quickly also!
I haven't painted a landscape in a while so I decided to begin a small painting/portrait of my house. It'll be a nice painting to have when I'm older to remember my childhood home. I'm working with a new medium and a very traditional basic palette which I'm much happier with. I'll write another post that goes into detail about my new medium and palette.