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    Smile Want to start Oil Painting, no idea where to start.

    Hey everyone.
    So, I really want to start oil painting but I've never done it before and I have no idea where to start!
    Is there a good book anyone could recommend to teach me the fundamentals on how to get started?
    Also what sort of paints/brushes/etc should I buy? is there a solid beginners set anyone could recommend or a suitable brand?

    Thanks so much

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    check out my demos listed in my signature that should help. My blog has a lot of information for painting.

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    If you can find and afford it, the book, Alla prima, everything I know about painting, by richard schmid is very good.

    http://www.amazon.com/Alla-Prima-Eve.../dp/0966211715

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    The video Donato Giancola - the mechanic gives a good overview of oil painting and preparation.
    Browse the web (google, youtube) for beginner tutorials.

    Try a small setup first -> some people don't like working with thinners and oils.
    Don't like chemicals Water Mixable Oil Paint could be more practical. Haven't used them...yet.

    Some different size flat brushes/egbert brushes.
    a small round brush or liner brush for details and for signing your amazing work .

    refined linseed oil
    Odourless white spirit.
    Rags for cleaning, whiping.
    Palette knife

    Palette
    Doesn't matter, your own preference -> white, disposable, wood,homemade,..But take one that's big enough like 30x40cm (12x16")
    You can run out of mixing space fast.

    Basic palette:
    Titanium white
    Cadmium yellow light
    Cadmium red medium
    Ultramarine blue
    Burnt Sienna
    Burnt Umber

    Check out ashley wood to see what you can do with earthy tones and a bit of blue and white.


    After you played with the medium and you want to go further the choices mainly depend on what you want to paint. ->portraits (more warm colors), landscapes(more greens),little bit of everything. Other colors are mostly for ease of use,less mixing to get to the right color.

    lemon yellow
    Carmin or allizerin crimson
    Transparant oxide red
    Sapgreen

    Cobalt Dryer
    Varnish

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