Don’t go out and buy all the colours available. You don’t need one of each. Start with the smallest amount of colours and extend your palette to fit your style, it will develop over time.
Next to my easel:
- Cadmium Yellow; Lemon Yellow
- Cadmium Red; Permanent Rose
- French Ultramarine; Manganese Blue; Cerulean Blue
- Sap Green
- Burnt Umber; Burnt Sienna
- Ivory Black; Payne’s Grey
- Titanium White
I prefer doing the sketch on the canvas in water soluble pencils. The downside, of course, is that the sketch disappears. For me, the upside is that the sketch disappears (and leave less residue than working in with standard lead pencils).
The canvas I use varies from store bought boxed stretch canvasses to ones made according to the size I want. It is very important that the canvas is prepared with good, primer. If it is store bought and you find the surface to be very rough, you can sand it down. Remember to remove all the dust after doing so.
Painting with oil is a process of layering. During the initial stages, I use artist turpentine to dilute the paint. This I gradually change to a mixture of linseed oil and turpentine. For the last layer of paint, I use a 50% – 50% mixture of turpentine and linseed oil. Working in this manner slows down the drying process but I like the rich end result.
In the past, I used only turpentine and then sealed the painting with varnish. This has a much shorter drying process.