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post #1 of Old 10-04-2018, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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New to oil painting. PLEASE HELP!

Hello! I am new here and I am just needing a little advise. I have done some painting with acrylic but I want to get into the style of Bob ross with his wet on wet technique. His paint sets are very expensive for me. Can someone please point me in the right direction as far as which brand of oil paint is the best for a budget? Also natural bristle brushes? Just need a 1 inch and 2 inch flat brush, a fan brush, a blender, and good pallete knife. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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post #2 of Old 10-04-2018, 02:45 PM
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Because you are a beginner on this technique, your first few works best to done with the cheapest set of paints and tools, because have a good chance, they mostly will be wasted... :-)
Later on, you will find your way built on your first experiences.
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post #3 of Old 10-11-2018, 12:59 PM
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Nowadays, cheap oil paints are perfectly fine. The only thing one should spend some money on is brushes. However, Ross did not seem to use regular brushes. He used a kind of broad brush for painting walls. You don't need green paint. It is easily mixed from yellow and blue. And violet is mixed from blue plus red. Buy non-odour solvent. Buy cheap cotton canvas or panels. Cotton is better than linen anyways. It is not necessary to varnish the paintings; so you don't need varnish. Oil painting is a cheap hobby, because the paint tubes last so long, much longer than acrylic paints. Remember to always dilute the paint with solvent plus linseed oil. The result is more beautiful and more archival, and the paints last longer.
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post #4 of Old 03-18-2019, 08:54 PM
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Bob Ross is okay but, you might check out William Alexander who was Bob Ross's mentor. As for brushes, they should be medium grade or better. If you live near a Michael's store, you will find that they usually run a discount of 40% for one item per week. This is one way to get some good buys. I use oderless mineral spirits for some thinning and brush clean up. I also have some hints you might try at my home page. Hope this helps.
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post #5 of Old 03-26-2019, 04:02 AM
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You can use Michael Harding Artists’ Oil Colour as a beginner . These colors are reasonably priced, no driers added, buttery texture, also here is limited selection of colours, some separation in the tube. check here how I have blended these colors.

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post #6 of Old 04-07-2019, 08:15 AM
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Hi there my father bought a painting back in the 90s by a frank McCarthy it's believed to be an oil painting on canvas framed and signed by McCarthy dated 1988 any info would be great thanks
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post #7 of Old 05-31-2019, 09:36 PM
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Hi there, if you are new to oil painting, don't over think the brushes and equipment, keep it simple. I have some free content in my art school that might be helpful - look for - 'basic basics', happy painting,

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