Seven Year Series: Stocking a Painter's Studio
This is the first instalment in our blog series commemorating our seven-year-long business slog, where we share things we've learned, mistakes we've made, stuff we should have (wish we had) known at the beginning.
Today, thoughts on supplying and stocking a painter's studio: brands I like, materials I use, and where to find them.
I most regularly use Winsor & Newton Artists' Oil Colours. W&N is serious, heavy paint. If you follow the studio, you know that I prefer a thick application of paint often with palette knives, so I need something with stiff, heavy consistency. Artists' Oil Colours is W&N's highest grade of oil paint and I find it is worth the expense for its consistency and texture. I will use the more economical Winton Oil Colour occasionally - it also gets the job done.
But nobody makes red paint like M. Graham. Their base is walnut oil (most oil paints are created with linseed). I don't know if it is the walnut oil or the quality of the pigments, but M. Graham's colour is rich and glowing. It has a soft texture, so I still prefer W&N for the majority of my work, but there is always a stack of M. Graham reds in the studio.
I drag paint around the studio on a wheeled trolley. It's probably meant for laundry supplies. It's relatively organized - I fling whites with whites and reds with reds.
A painting medium is what an artist will mix with the paint - it can impact consistency, finish, drying time, etc. I most often use W&N Liquin, both the original (runny) and impasto (thick) variety. This speeds drying time. Very convenient for a busy studio and looming deadlines.
I have a serious relationship with Gamblin Cold Wax Medium. It makes the paint thicker (yarr) and more matte.
Tools and Other Stuff
More Winsor and Newton love. I pet my W&N brushes, beautiful little brushes, in a Gollum imitation.
I have a variety of palette knives. I haven't found one brand to be superior to another.
For easels, I have an H frame for the heavy-duty pieces and an A frame for small work.
Dad makes me wear this to protect my brain cells. I don't wear it all the time, but definitely if I'm using paint thinner or other solvents.
Locally, I rely heavily on Endeavours in Fredericton. Excellent service, well stocked and competitively priced. I also order supplies online from Curry's - good deals sometimes. I've had to chase them occasionally to track down my order, but usually the delivery is prompt.
As always, dear readers, please tell me if you have questions or suggestions. I love talking paint brands. What's your paint of choice?