These are the materials that Robert suggests to those painters who have moved past the fundamentals and color theory. These are not required in any way but are colors and materials that Robert uses on a weekly basis. 

The materials can easily be ordered from Blick Art Materials and are usually delivered to your front door in about a week's time if everything is in stock. Robert's suggestion is to give the order two weeks for delivery. If you choose to buy your materials at a local art store, please make sure to not buy any colors that have the word "hue" in the them. Colors containing the word "hue" are not true colors and do not give us the same results that we require for color theory. 

It is highly recommended to buy the specific brand of materials so that you have the same results in your studio that Robert has in his. These paints, Gamblin Artist Colors, are artist grade and of high quality.

If you have any questions about the painting materials, please contact the studio at [email protected]


Materials to add to your paint box:

Colors that Robert uses very frequently.

Robert uses Gamblin Artists's Oil Colors

  • Burnt sienna
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Paynes grey
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Sap Green
  • Cadmium orange
  • Cobalt Violet

Painting mediums

  • Linseed oil
  • Galkyd Lite


Varnish - Finishing your painting 

  • Gamvar (Gamblin product)
  • 2" Brush, for appropriate paint - this can be purchased at your local hardware store. Buy a good one!
  • Odorless Mineral Spirits (Gamblin Product

Have a separate brush tank for cleaning your varnish brush - NEVER use this tank for any brush cleaning with colors.

Tweezers, so you can grab those pesky hairs that inevitably end up on your newly varnished painting.

Oil painting materials can be purchased directly from Blick art materials

This materials list can be found and purchased online at

https://www.dickblick.com/lists/blicku/JJSU8UG1H1I03/publicview/