I have no visual art skills. Seriously. I can barely cut a straight line with a paper cutter. The last time I did any sort of art was when I was 14, and it was a terrible drawing done in pastels. And I’ve definitely never been a good painter. When I was 10 I tried my hand at watercolours, but gave up soon after due to my extreme lack of skill. So I knew this would be a bit of a challenge.
I watched the First Episode of Season One “A Walk in the Woods” – in order to see if I thought this would actually be something I might like to do. Bob Ross was so … kind! “You can do it! I believe in you!” My heart melted. I knew I had to give it a shot.
Fortunately, Bob outlined all of the equipment we would be needing for the first 13 weeks (1 season). Unfortunately, I had a terrible time understanding what he was talking about.
2.5″ Natural Bristle Brush
1 ” Natural Bristle Brush
Almighty Palette Knife (Firm)
Fallow Green (?)
A Lizard in Crimson (That can’t be right. But I have no idea)
Sabe (?!?!) Green
“Magic White” (…)
Odourless Paint Thinner – Not Turpentine
Great. Not TOO many things, but apparently everything I will need to make pretty pictures. I’m sure those colour names are wrong, but I have no idea what they would be. And what the heck is “magic white”?
Fortunately for me, all of my friends are artists. Literally. So, I took my friend who works in art supplies my list. Sure enough, those are not the correct colour names. They should be as follows:
- Titanium White;
- Phthalo Green;
- Prussian Blue;
- Van Dyke Brown
- Alizarin Crimson
- Sap Green
- Cadmium Yellow
- Permanent Red
I did have to make a few substitutions – they didn’t have Permanent Red, so I’ve got Permanent Orange instead. Instead of a 2.5″ brush, mine is only a 2″ brush. And the “Magic White” I will have to make myself – as per instructions from artist friend – 50/50 mixture of Titanium White and Walnut Oil.
Total cost: $110