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Reaching for Mastery with Cindy Revell

Suppy List


I have these on my palette most of the time. They can make nearly any colours.


I strongly recommend MGraham oil paint. It’s a soft, easy-spreading paint that requires no medium. This highly pigmented paint contains no fillers, just pigment and walnut oil, and is reasonably priced.

  • Cadmium Yellow Light (You don’t need cadmium yellow medium or dark, just cadmium yellow light)

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Cadmium Red Light (I recommend Winsor & Newton Cadmium Red Light, which has a cadmium-free version, or Gamblin’s Cadmium Red Light)

  • Quinacridone Rose (For clear pinks if you paint flowers)

  • Quinacridone Magenta (If you’re a purple lover)

  • Alizarin Crimson Permanent (Gamblin, MGraham Alizarin Crimson is not permanent)

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Phthalo Blue

  • Titanium White



  •  Palette: Choose either a glass or disposable paper palette.

  • Palette Knife: For mixing paint.

  • Thinner: Gamsol is a good brand, and Terpenoid is also acceptable.

  • Rags or Blue Shop Paper Towels: For wiping brushes.

  • Brushes: Good quality hog bristle flats (Robert Simmons or the blue H.J.’s) in sizes 12, 10, 8, 5, and 3.

  • Canvases: One or two 8x10 or 9x12 canvases or inexpensive panels.

  • Small Panels: A few 6x6 or 6x8 inexpensive panels for studies. Each class starts with a quick warm-up study.



  • Check Existing Supplies: If you already have lots of paint, check to see if you have any of the colors listed above.

  • Avoid Student Grade Paint: If you haven’t painted in a while and are buying new paint, please avoid cheap student-grade paint. It’s much harder to work with. My students always switch over to MGraham or other loose pigments.

  • Quality Brushes: If you have good brushes, bring them. Please don’t buy cheap craft store brushes, as students always end up buying new brushes because cheap brushes are very hard to work with.


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