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David’s Suggested Supply List.   This is David’s recommended supply list – nothing is mandatory.  These represent optimal choices. If you prefer to work with other materials, that will be fine and we can start there.  Note: any supplies you already own are useful.  David recommends similar color choices for oil, acrylic and watercolor, and uses many of the same brushes for all media – using them only for the specific media, of course!

For all painters:  Rolls of Bounty Paper towels, a sketch pad and sketching materials, artists’ tape, disposable surgical gloves for oil, watercolor and acrylic painters.

David uses the fine artist version of whatever brand of painting that he is using, not the student grade paint.   He recommend Charvin’s Extra Fine oil paints, Old Holland oil paints or Sennelier oil paints.

David uses a wide variety of colors for different subjects, and these are the most frequently found on David’s Palette based upon his recent demonstrations:

Oil Palette – Shorter List of Paints Frequently Found on David’s Palette for Demonstrations:
French Ultramarine Blue Light Extra – Old Holland or Sennelier
Scheveningen Blue Light – Old Holland
Azure Blue (Sennelier) or
Cyan or Thalo Cyan (Charvin or Old Holland).
Citron Lemon Yellow – Sennelier or Charvin Extra Fine
Gamboge – Old Holland
Naphthol Red Deep – Charvin Extra Fine
Quinacridone Magenta – Charvin Extra Fine
Transparent Red Iron Oxide – Charvin Extra Fine or Old Holland
Vermilion – Charvin Extra Fine  or Sennelier
Titanium White – Old Holland

Oil Palette – More Complete List Found on David’s Palette:
Alizaron Crimson
Azure Blue – Sennelier
Bright Vermilion – Sennelier
Burnt Siena Iron Oxide – Old Holland
Cadmium Yellow  Light – Gamblin
Carbon Black – Charvin extra fine
Carmine Lake – Charvin Extra Fine
Cerulean Blue – Old Holland
Citron Lemon Yellow -Sennelier
Cobalt Blue – Old Holland
Cyan Blue – Charvin Extra Fine
Diamond Pink – Charvin
French Ultramarine Blue  – Sennelier
French Ultramarine Blue Light Extra – Old Holland or Sennelier
French Yellow Deep – Charvin
Gamboge – Old Holland
Hansa Yellow – Gamblin
Hansa Yellow Light – Gamblin
Helios Purple – Sennelier
Imperial Green – Charvin Extra Fine
Intense Pink  –  Charvin Extra Fine
Intense Violet  – Charvin Extra Fine
Lemon Yellow – Charvin Extra Fine
Lemon Yellow – Sennelier
Light Vermilion – Charvin Extra Fine
Naphthol Red Deep – Charvin Extra Fine
Primary Yellow Acrylic- Charvin Extra Fine
Quinacridone Fuchsia – Charvin Extra Fine
Quinacridone Magenta – Charvin Extra Fine
Ruby Lake -Charvin Extra Fine
Sanguine Brown –  Sennelier
Scheveningen Blue Light – Old Holland
Thalo Cyan Blue   – Charvin Extra Fine
Titanium White – Old Holland
Transparent Red Iron Oxide – Charvin Extra Fine or Old Holland
Ultramarine Blue  – Old Holland
Vermilion – Charvin Extra Fine  or Sennelier

Acrylic – Charvin Extra Fine –  Shorter List of Paints Frequently Found on David’s Palette for Demonstrations:
Primary Cyan
Primary  Yellow

Acrylic – Charvin Extra Fine – More Complete List Found on David’s Palette:
Aerolide Yellow
Chrome Yellow
Hansa Yellow  Medium
Indian Yellow
Quinacridone Fuchsia -Charvin Extra Fine
Naphthol Red Light
Primary Cyan Blue
Primary  French Yellow
Primary Magenta
Primary  Yellow
Titanium White – Old Holland

WATERCOLOR –  Lukas Aquarelle 1862
Aureolin Yellow
Burnt Siena
Carmine Lake
Primary Cyan
Primary  Yellow
Ultramarine Blue – Lukas Aquarelle 1862
White – Lukas Aquarelle 1862

Palette Paper: David recommends a freezer paper for your palette surface for oil, acrylic and watercolor painting.

Medium.  David uses refined linseed oil, walnut oil or poppy oil as a medium.  He has researched the work of past great masters and discovered many did not use turpentine or solvents – they just used oils, like linseed, poppy or walnut.   You can use these oils to clean your brushes and then follow up with soap and water or use a biodegradable non-toxic degreaser like Soysolv ( There is no need to use toxic solvents when oil painting.  If you wish to use a solvent, then David recommends Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits.

Brushes.  You will need brushes:
1.         Soft synthetic flats (watercolor wash brushes by Rafael or Polar Flo at Jerry’s Artarama)( from at least a couple of 3” flats, 2” flats, and 1” flats to ½” flats.
2.         David personally relies on 2”, 3”, 4” and 6” soft synthetic flats (either the softcryl by Rafael or freestyle by Liquitex).
3.         There is a new line of 4” and 6” watercolor/acrylic broad brushes at Jerrys Artarama.  David uses watercolor wash brushes for my his painting.
4.         For small brushes, David uses Rafael’s #12 or #14 soft synthetic flats or Polar Flow watercolor wash brushes.
5.         A couple of primer brushes with hog bristles (2”, 3” and 4”) from Home Depot or Lowes or any hardware store), which are inexpensive and excellent for stippling, or fan effects.

Squeegees.   David also uses 4,”  6″ and 8″ rubber squeegees window cleaner style with metal handles.  He enjoy the Ettore and Unger   brands, available at local area hardware stores or on-line.

Supports, Canvases and Other Surfaces. David paints and has painted on a variety of surfaces.
a.     He recently has been painting on  enameled aluminum composite panels:  white, silver and gold.  They are made and marketed as Dibond, CompBond, and AlumaBond and the suppliers will vary depending on where you live.  You can also check with local sign painting companies.    Please feel free to give us a call if you have procurement difficulties.  You can call Laminators Inc. to request materials as well. (
b.  David also paints on and has painted on quadruple primed Belgian linen (Artfix L84U), portrait canvas (linen) pads, and smooth canvas pads.
c.   David also paints on acrylic varnished watercolor paper – the smoother the surface the better.  He varnishes the watercolor paper, clayboards, gesso boards and inexpensive canvas pads, stretched canvases or other panels with Golden’s Polymer Gloss Varnish. The watercolor paper he uses is a 140 lb. hot press and Bristol Plate paper.

Brush Cleaners:  David also uses SoySolve II to clean his brushes of oil paint (when he actually does), together with soap and water.  (

 Acrylic.  If you choose to paint in acrylic, David  recommends the same palette choices as with watercolors and oils, perhaps adding a Hansa yellow.  He prefers Charvin Extra Fine Acrylics but, also suggest Golden acrylics.  For mixing and extending mediums he suggests a retarder or a gloss medium or gloss medium varnish. This is in addition to the polymer gloss varnish referred to earlier. He prefers the retarder to open acrylics and open acrylic medium. For brushes DavidI suggests the same as the oils but would add a 1/2″ bristle (hardware store variety, hog bristle), 1″ bristle, 2″ bristle and 3″or 4″ bristle as well as watercolor wash brush of at least 2”.

Watercolor.   If you choose to paint in watercolor or sketch in watercolor before making the oil or wish to try underpainting your oils or acrylics with watercolor then, David suggests tube watercolors. He uses the same palette in watercolor as in oils. Watercolor can be applied to all the same surfaces used with the oils and acrylics. He prepares the surfaces with Golden’s polymer gloss varnish. For watercolor brushes he use the same types as with his oils.

For Watercolorists:  David recommends Lukas Aquarelle 1862 tubes or Old Holland or Sennelier tube watercolors.  He suggests the following colors:  titanium highlighting white, ultramarine blue, Scheveningen Blue Light (Old Holland), Scheveningen Red Middle (O.H.),  Carmine (Lukas 1862), Scheveningen yellow (O.H.), Gamboge yellow (O.H. and Lukas 1862), primary cyan (Lukas 1862) and transparent red oxide (OH ) or burnt sienna (Lukas 1862). Be sure to get an opaque white or titanium highlighting white. Consider the same color palette as the oil painters. For brushes he recommends the same as for oil painting with a couple of additions: Don’t forget your water container and, at least 140lb Hot press watercolor paper, paper towels, and some quick release painter’s tape.  David uses razor blades, some white conte crayon or chalk pastels, and either a white plastic or paper palette (shiny surface, Freezer Wrap works perfectly).  David likes to  layer media and may use pastels, acrylic or oils in conjunction with the watercolors.

Remember  – we can always paint with anything and on anything. These are just basic recommendations. They are not requirements.  We can work with whatever paints you already have.

Lighting Used by David for Photographing his pictures:

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