Some people have asked me what my set-up looks like when painting with oils. 1. I always work standing, at an easel... unless I am working with watercolors. Rags are very important. I wipe my brush about three times as much as I add paint. Colours will muddy if you don't wipe your brush. Type of brushes are long-handled hog bristle. Hold it near the end of the brush when first painting to obtain large general strokes. Hold it near the ferrul (metal part) when painting details. Yogurt cup: Eco-House Odorless Thinner (BEST - it doesn't smell bad), plastic wine cup: Walnut Oil. Adding thinner will make your paint "lean", and adding oil will make your paint "fat". Observe the "fat over lean" rule this way so paint doesn't crack. Lean applications of colour come first, fat (oily) applications come last. 2. Palette. Currently I am using a Canson 11x14 disposable palette. This means I can hold it/lean it against the rags while painting (very important for quickness and colour accuracy) and my arm won't fall off. Haven't tried a wooden palette yet. Note that my white is on a paper towel because when I squeezed it out, a bunch of oil came out and I needed to remedy that. Also note, if you would like your paint to be "drier" or thicker while painting (ie. get the oil content lower aka lean), put paper towel down on the palette before arranging your colours on it. Wooden palettes work best for artists wanting to paint with thicker oils. Colours (from left to right)... I use M. Graham oil colours, Sennelier oils, Daler-Rowney (artist grade) and Holbein. Sometimes I use Schminke Mussini but they are stinky because the manufacturer uses dammar varnish inside the paint structure (dries glossy, ooh-la-la but kills your brain cells). Titanium White (on the paper towel), Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Permanent Geranium (Daler-Rowney), Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Violet, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalocyanine Blue, Phthalocyanine Green, Olive Green. All but the Geranium are M.Graham oil colours. Brush: #4 HJ Flat hog hair. 3. Work in progress.... see bunny hop through strange abstract forest... For more information about artist's palettes, click here!