Resources for Brushes, Paint, Books & more..


Aloria Weaver uses Escoda brushes that are made by hand in Barcelona. Their brush series' range from synthetic sable to traditional natural bristles. The synthetic Escoda brushes are highly recommended for finely nuanced detail work and local glazing.

  • Escoda Prado Tame Synthetic Sable Brushes for oils
    Filberts: 8, 10, 12
    Rounds: 1, 2, 4
  • Dynasty Faux Squirrel Brushes
    Oval Wash 3/4”, Flat Wash 2”
  • Rosemary & Co.
    Series 107 Goat Hair Oval Wash -or- Series 108 Goat Hair Domed White:
    Small & Medium
  • Silver Ruby Satin Synthetic Brush
    Round: 4, 6


    As a more economical alternative, Silver Ruby Satin has a variety of soft synthetic brushes, including Monogram and Script Liners, which work well with egg tempera to achieve fine hatching.


    As with all other materials, we suggest to our students to buy the best paint that their budget allows for. Low-end materials have their place when learning to use a given medium, but at a certain point of artistic sophistication, higher quality materials can make a big difference, not only in the appearance of the finished work, but in the handling and construction of the layers of an indirect painting. There is a distinct qualitative difference between student and professional grade oil paint.

    At the upper end of the spectrum of store-bought tube oil paint is Old Holland. Their paint is truly pigment-rich in comparison to most other brands, and their modern transparent lake colors are particularly suited for glazing techniques.

    Michael Harding makes a very high-quality line of handmade oil paints, including their Genuine Naples Yellow in two shades that are comprised of traditional lead pigment, rather than the mixtures produced by most other companies.

    Williamsburg is known for its high-quality handmade oil paints. The company was sold to Golden Acrylics some years ago, so time will tell whether the quality will remain the same.

    Once purchased, oil paint has a long shelf-life, so it can be worth investing in the highest quality available.



    Palette Knives (aka painting knives)
    For oil painting, only steel palette knives are used (no plastic).

    Oil Palette
    For oil painting, acceptable palette materials are: glass, wood, ceramic, a butcher tray or disposable palette paper.  Plastic palettes should never be used, as the solvents can melt the plastic.
    Butcher tray
    Porcelain enameled metal trays with a convex center.  For use as a palette or glazing tray.  Useful for travel as they're lightweight, unbreakable & wet palettes can easily be stored in a ziplock bag. Somewhat challenging to clean if your oil paint dries in the corners.
    Disposable grey palette paper - size 9x12"
    The grey paper provides a neutral background for mixing accurate values, paper is discarded after use.
    These palettes need to have a minimum of one coat of linseed oil applied to the surface before use (unless they are pre-varnished).
    *Note: generally designed to be held in the left hand.  Left-handed artists who wish to hold the palette in their right hand will need to file/sand the thumb-hole bevel in the opposite direction.

    Tempera Palette
    Aluminum palette
    *Nice for mixing egg tempera, as it allows you to see the strength & opacity of the white.
    Round or Rectangular plastic palettes
    Round porcelain palette

    If we have any of our hand-refined oil in stock, it can be acquired in class or by special order. Contact us for current availability.

    Transporting Wet Oil Paintings
    PanelPak in either 9”x12” or 11”x14”. Many other kinds of painting transports are available at most art supply stores.



    Natural Pigments
    Natural Earth Paint (Luminous Flux students receive a 50% discount)
    Judsons Art Outfitters


    The following is a short list of reference materials, from traditional technical manuals to inspirational essays. Ultimately it is not one single holy text, but a library of diverse approaches to art that is of the greatest service to the practicing artist.

    Ceninno Ceninni
    Il Libro Dell’Arte (The Craftsman's Handbook), 1437

    Sir Charles Lock Eastlake

    Methods and Materials of Painting of the Great Schools and Masters, 1847

    Charles Blanc
    A Grammar of Painting & Engraving, 1889

    Harold Speed
    The Practice & Science of Drawing
    , 1913
    Oil Painting Techniques & Materials, 1924

    Robert Henri
    The Art Spirit, 1923

    Max Doerner
    The Materials of the Artist and Their Use in Painting, 1934

    Daniel V. Thompson Jr.
    The Practice of Tempera Painting : Materials & Methods,

    Ralph Mayer
    The Artist's Handbook of Materials & Techniques, 1940

    Salvador Dalî

    5o Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship, 1948

    Burne Hogarth
    Dynamic Anatomy, 1958
    Drawing Dynamic Hands, 1977

    Robert Beverly Hale
    Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters, 1964

    James Elkins
    What Painting Is

    Juliette Aristides
    Classical Drawing Atelier, 2006
    Classical Painting Atelier, 2008
    Lessons in Classical Drawing, 2011

    Spike Bucklow
    The Alchemy of Paint, 2009

    Tad Spurgeon
    Living Craft, 2015

    Nick Neddo
    The Organic Artist, 2015