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Tools of the Trade

What Is Art? by Leo Tolstoy

Artists on Art: from the XIV to the XX Century by Robert Goldwater

Oil Painting Techniques and Materials by Harold Speed

The Practice of Oil Painting and Drawing (Dover Art Instruction): Solomon J. Solomon

Great way to carry my wet plein air paintings done on my raymar panels

artist's paint tubes - a history

right brain, left brain

Seriously?! -- Vinegar works as a wood stain when you add a metal object in the mix and let it sit in a glass container for a week.  A handful of pennies will produce a beautiful pale Caribbean blue stain.  A wad of steel wool will give you a rich reddish hue.  A combination of tea and a metal object in vinegar will produce a black stain. Log this away for later.

Masking tape

I clean my brushes with Allback Organic Linseed Soap - once you try it, you'll never want to use anything else! Just rinse your brush in solvent, then rub it in the soap and rinse with warm water. Your brush will be like new! Amazing stuff.

low light photography tips

The Painter's Bible: "Alla Prima," by Richard Schmid

  • Jason Andrea

    Great book!

  • Stephan Masica

    Love to have it - if I could afford it.

  • Jason Andrea

    It's possible they ate publishing it again... Not sure by this may have gone out of print... Which explains the current cost. Mine is a few years old and was a standard price when I bought it... Good luck!

I love my 9x12 Guerrilla Painter pochade box!! I take it with me everywhere for plein air painting or when I need to travel light but still want to paint. :-)

Gamsol: perfect for cleaning brushes and mixing for a medium (along with stand oil and damar varnish)

This brush holder is innovative and... free!!

While this is a pretty picture, I would never let my brushes get to this sad state!

Holbein. Love the buttery texture. I use their vermillion, cadmium red, and brilliant pink, among others.

Winsor & Newton Oil Paints.... love them

Dick Blick Art Boards - Oil primed linen panels.

Rembrandt oil paints. I mainly use transparent oxide red, brown, and orange, especially the brown! Great for quick skin tones and value studies!