These are the supplies that I use when I teach my workshops and art classes. My next class starts in March, please visit http://register.asapconnected.com/EventDetail.aspx?pk=343461 if you would like more information.
Silver Bristalon Synthetic Rounds - Absolutely LOVE these brushes! They allow you to scrub to your hearts content yet the bristles stay together nicely and do not splay. They may break down over time, but they always retain their shape and you don't get that annoying odd stray hair sticking out the side as you usually do with scrubbing brushes.
Silver Ruby Satin Synthetic - Again love this brush. Excellent snap, soft yet able to achieve fine control. Very resilient brush.
Rosemary & Co Ivory Long Flat - Love, love these brushes for alla prima and plein air painting. They hold a lot of paint and keep a clean edge no matter how many times I have used them (assuming you are caring for them properly).
Winsor & Newton Oil Brushes - These are great brushes for plein air and alla prima as well and are easily found in Canada, sadly the others need to be shipped from the UK and the USA. They are great for alla prima as well but stiffer so they do not wear as well as the Ivory brushes and require a much softer touch to get soft edges as the bristles are quite stiff but still a great all round brush.
You get what you pay for with art supplies and student grade paints cost less for a reason. They are full of fillers rather than paint pigment so buy less and buy quality. I like Gamblin, Holbein, Old Holland and Winsor Newton Artist Oil Paints (not Winton).
Oleogel is a non-toxic medium made of linseed oil and pyrogenic silica.
Oleogel contains no driers and a little goes a long way. As with any medium, use sparingly to ensure the fat over lean rules are followed.
Gamblin also makes a solvent free painting gel now which is quite nice and easily available in Canada.
Gamsol - I don't use in my workshops but I do use at home. It is a bit more expensive than many other solvents but the evaporation rate is much lower so to me worth every penny. I only use it very sparingly in the first layer of my paintings and then if I am not using Oleogel, mixed with oil for successive layers decreasing the amount of solvent added as the layers progress.
The amount I use is so minimal in a small dipper cup that I am sure I am exposed to much more toxicity styling my hair ;)
Empty Aluminiumm 15ml Tubes - I like to premix colors I use frequently so these tubes are great for storing the paint so it is fresh every time I paint.
I like a variety of substrates depending on my subject and the mood I am trying to capture in a painting.
My absolute favorite substrate is Centurion Linen. These are great for alla prima and indirect paintings alike and are great for portraiture.
Centurian Linen Oil primed linen at a reasonable price that is great quality. Available in pads, panels or stretched canvases. I recently discovered this linen and love it for finished paintings, studies and plein air.
Opus ArtBoard - I like these for plein air painting and smaller paintings and often tone them prior to using with either a neutral grey or burnt sienna.
Opus Pre-Cut Birch Plywood - For larger paintings as well as smaller sizes. These are also great for studies and plein air painting as they are really light yet still rigid.
Opus Exhibition Canvas - For larger paintings when I want a surface with more tooth.
For studies or plein air paintings, I also like the substrates below.
Canson Canva-Paper - a great canvas paper with a look similar to linen that you can do alla prima, plein air and studies on without having to prep.