Art Materials--What You Will Need

Here is a list of the basic oil colors you will need for the video projects. There are many brands that offer student quality oil colors and you will find them to be more economical also!

2 oz. tube Cadmium Yellow

2 oz. tube Cobalt or Pthalo Blue

2 oz. tube Cadmium Red Medium 2 oz. tube Alizarin Crimson

2 oz. tube Permanent Green

7.6 oz. tube Titanium White

8 oz. bottle of Turpinoid (Neutralthin)OR

8 oz. bottle gum spirits turpentine

1/4" width flat synthetic bristle brush(small

1/4" width round synthetic bristle brush (small)

1/2" width flat synthetic bristle brush (medium)

1/8" width round synthetic bristle brush(very small)

One paper or plastic palette-approximately 9" x 12" size

Three 9"x12" stretched canvases

One 9"x12" good quality sketch book

One drawing pencil, soft lead such as 2B

One Pink Pearl or White eraser

Hand Cleaner (Gojo)

Paper Towels

Two clean glass jars with screw on lids

The difference between turpentine and Turpenoid is that Turpenoid is odorless. Some students prefer it because there is no heavy turpentine odor. Both work well as thinners.

Have two turpentine/thinner containers, preferably glass jars that can be capped. One turpentine/thinner container will be used for cleaning your brushes. Use the other another for diluting your oil colors when you paint. You also will need towels and a hand cleaner with make clean up easy.

You can conveniently purchase many of the materials online at Just click on the picture of the product.

"Patti's Winter"

Oil painting by

Lois DeWitt

This video shows an excellent exercise for learning the properties of oil paint and how to make gradations of colors to create the appearance of light and dark.

This video shows how I painted my "Poodle And Plant" series. I like using vibrant colors and Charley, of course, is my favorite subject.


Here in this video I used a collage I had made as the subject of my oil painting. If you are working from a photo or picture, you can use this approach as well.

This is a good beginner lesson using a small canvas and a small seashell as the subject.

Real Feedback

I'm 50 and going to retire soon. I always wanted to be able to draw so now is the time. I saw your website and you sent me the classes link.What you said about my work I sent you was right on!

Much improved, I'm hummin'!

Mac B, Toledo, Ohio


Our Girl Scout Troop did the landscape drawing lesson at Camp, then we had a show of their work. Even the counselors were impressed!

Thanks, Lois!

Mrs. Ritter and daughter Jennifer


I never thought I enjoy so much abstract painting! The color, brushes, I love! Thanks!



So far the online lessons I have made it through have been extremely informative and helpful, not just the techniques, but general information on how to not ruin your brushes, waste paint, etc. I thank you soooo much for making this available for people like me who can't get out and go to art lessons often enough to count, :p I do these when I get off work and have time and it's not stressful trying to work around my already hectic schedule, so thank you again. Kayla M. Gray

----- Good Day Lois, I want to thank you for the clear instructions in your online oil painting classes. I have not yet had a chance to do all the exercises, but I have read (at work) them carefully and I think you are a wonderful teacher. Your havemade the instructions simple and yet comprehensive. I have recommended your site to another beginning artist to complement our class work. I am particularly interested in the intermediate class and I hope to incorporate your teaching into my next painting.

Thank you for your generosity of spirit in sharing your knowledge.


I am truly amazed by 1.- your response and 2.- your prompt response. There is so much BS on the net today that I wasn’t sure if you we’re legit or not. Now your comments on my work gave me a super-boost. Thanks a lot, merci beaucoup! As for the unfinished portion of the canvas, I took this as an exercise and didn’t see the point in “wasting” more paint.

This is my first try and don’t really think it will ever reach the Louvre. Again thank you very much, I really do appreciate, my donation is on it’s way. Oh and a little question: I skimmed over all your lessons and did not find any info on mediums (linseed oil etc.). I am truly in a fog as to the use of those different products. Do you know any place I can find info on these like what they do, when to use them etc. Thanks again.

Claude Thibault

Quotes from famous artists from

"It took me 40 years to find out that painting is not sculpture."Paul Cezanne

"I am out to introduce a psychic shock into my painting, one that is always motivated by pictorial reasoning: that is to say, a fourth dimension." Marc Chagall

"At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since." Salvador Dali

"One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.""Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master." Leonardo da Vinci

"Cezanne, you see, is a sort of God of painting." Henri Matisse

"Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment." Claude Monet

"Every good painter paints what he is." Jackson Pollock

"Practise what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know." Rembrandt van Rijn

"The only time I feel alive is when I'm painting." Vincent Van Gogh

"Why do people think artists are special? It's just another job."

"Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches." Andy Warhol

"I had reservations about making art a business, but I got over it."

"There are not only more people collecting, there are more people collecting for the wrong reasons, basically as the latest get rich quick scheme. They buy art like lottery tickets." Mary Boone (art collector and gallery owner)

"Warhol turned to photographs of stars, as the Renaissance turned to antiquities, to find images of gods." David Sylvester (art critic)