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The vital palette and other secrets for successful paintings

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I've been teaching a lot of workshops lately, and it's reminded me that there are some simple things that are crucial to creating a rich, colourful painting.  So here's my list for things that painters can do to help them achieve good work in a workshop or in their own studios:

-Bring plenty of clean, flexible brushes in a variety of sizes and bristle types.  Brushes that are worn down, stiff from old paint, or loose at the ferrule are a major roadblock to success.  So, too, are brushes that are all one type - especially if that type is a bright, the most firm, uncompromising brush type there is.  My favourite brush type is hogs' bristle filbert, and I have them in many sizes from small (#4) to large (#12).   It's the brush I use most often though I also bring soft mongoose brushes, synthetics flats, bristle eggberts, and bristle rounds along just in case I feel the need for the particular marks that they make.

- Paint on a good quality support.  That doesn't …