I've done a few posts like this before like this one with my everyday sketchbook supplies and this one of watercolor supplies. These are the kinds of posts that I love to see from other artists/bloggers. I like seeing what brands they use and where they buy their stuff. Maybe I'm just nosy like that.
It's also really fun for me to lay out the supplies. I love #thingsorganizedneatly. Today as I arranged the things that I use every day for my paintings, I was surprised. It's pretty simple. I don't use much and yet there are so many possibilities.
So here we go. I've been working on 6x6 inch stretched canvases. I pick them at Michaels. I buy whichever ones are on sale, and one of them always seems to be on sale. Recently that size has been out of stock, so I bought a pack through Amazon. For my Fursday paintings, I'm using 6x6 inch wood panels. I prefer working on the panels but they are a little more expensive than the canvas.
Even though the canvas comes tripled primed, I still like to add a coat of gesso at home. I think starting with a coat of gesso has become part of my beginning ritual. It's my slow way to get into painting. I use the large brush to put on a coat of gesso and then begin to lay out my paint while it dries.
This is a pretty big tub of paint but it's usually hidden in a drawer. I pull out 5-6 colors for that day's painting. I lay out those colors on a disposable paper palette (it's under the brushes in the top photo). Then I start mixing colors with a palette knife. Each day I'm working from a personal photo, or looking outside the window, or sometimes from a memory/mood.
Once the gesso is dry, I start with composition and my first layer. I like to lay on big shapes with a palette knife and then work with the smaller brushes on the later layers. If it's a really rotten day I might use the palette knife to scrape all the paint off and begin again. When it's lunchtime, I'm done, whether I'm happy with it or not.
That has been a great learning experience in these three short weeks. Often paintings I liked at lunch, I don't like three days later. Sometimes, they'll be one I didn't like at lunch and it ends up being a favorite down the road. I'm trying not to make any big evaluations at this point and just let the pile grow.