Where I buy material

I started to use a local art store but then found that my limited budget was being exceeded.  I then discovered that I could get everything I needed from Blick Art supplies at a significantly lower price.  Their online ordering system is straightforward.  The packages are very well wrapped  (including canvases, oil paints, charcoal pencils, palettes, etc).  I also appreciate that I can recycle all their wrapping material.  The shipments arrived within the expected timeframe.

http://www.dickblick.com 

Masterpiece Arts Canvas

I found the Belgian Linen canvas with oil priming are a delight to paint on.  I had tried cotton canvas on my first paintings but then tried the Belgian linen and discovered the difference with fine linen.  Great for painting.

 

http://masterpiecearts.shptron.com

Brushes from Rosemary and Co

In Richard Schmid's Alla Prima he recommended brushes made by Rosemary and Co in England.  Having been dissatisfied with the brushes I had found in local stores, I tried their online store.  I found that Schmid had also put together a listing of brushes.  I first purchased a few to test their quality.  Delighted I then brought more and then more.  Then I followed the recommendations from Schmid.  The brushes give me wonderful control over the oil/watercolor and acrylic paints.  Brushes are an extension to my hand.  Their website is easy to use and the brushes arrive well packaged.  Of course, a website can not give the joy of touching and using the brushes.  For that one needs them in one's hand.  

http://www.rosemaryandco.com

 

 

 

Oil Paints by M. Graham

I found I am allergic to linseed oil (resulting in bad headaches).  I searched for an alternative and found walnut oil and the oils made by M. Graham.  I then discovered that their colors are also very rich in intensity.   Later I also explored their watercolors and acrylics and found the same rich colors across these different medium.

http://mgraham.com/products/artists-oil-color/