What equipment do I need?

Well, unlike other artists I don't use lots of colours, in fact, here's list of tutorials you can do using just three colours, two brushes and some watercolour paper...

72 TWO BOYS FISHING

July 17, 2021

71. GIRLS TAKE A BREAK

July 3, 2021

70. THE SLEEPING CAT

June 19, 2021

69. SAN FRANCISCO LADY

June 5, 2021

68. CYCLIST IN THE SUN

May 22, 2021

68. CYCLIST IN THE SUN

May 22, 2021

67. THE JAZZ SINGER

May 8, 2021

66. THE BEACH BOY

April 24, 2021

66. THE BEACH BOY

April 24, 2021

65. CATTLE DRIVE

April 10, 2021

What do i use?

PAINTS:
Tubes from a professional, rather than student range give better results as a general rule but if you're starting out use what you have that are similar to my colours. Mixing can be your friend, but if you want vibrant bright colours I use:

Yellows:
  • Winsor Lemon
  • Quinacridone Gold

Blues:

  • Cobalt Blue
  • Cerulean blue

Reds

  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Permanent Rose

… and in the interests of full disclosure, I occasionally reach for Winsor Green and Winsor Violet, but not very often. I really recommend using a nice ceramic plate or if you feel like treating yourself the Tom Lynch palette is perfect.

Palette & pigments

BRUSHES:

I use only three brushes

  • A 1 inch flat head
  • A Size 16 head round
  • A Size 10 round head..

I use the Robert Wade Neef brushes which are available at APVfilms.com. And thats probalby best in Europe/Internationally.

If you're in the USA you can use 'Robert Simmons' white sable brushes, these are synthetic and are what I recommend to my USA students, the sizes are a bit different so I'd get a 10 and 14 round and a 1 inch flat.

I recommend both of these sets these during my workshops depending which country i'm in (just in terms of delivery).

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PAPER:

If you're a beginner I recommend a good block pad to work from, I use them all the time and it saves the hassle of stretching your'e paper. The Saunders Waterford is a nice starting point and its a lovely paper to create my style.

EASEL:

Just choose a great size that can lay in several adjustable angles to suit your preferred level. This is a very personal choice, so try to find one you're happy with.