Dave Estes

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Sakura Pigma Micron Pens are worth their weight in gold. They are expensive but they are worth every penny.  I use sizes .005 , .01 , and 1. You get what you pay for.

When you are buying oil paints, look for “professional” quality paints. “Student” quality paints are usually less expensive but they have less pigment and will make you go crazy trying to get the color you want. This is another example of you get what you pay for. If you are low on cash, get a limited pallet of quality colors and get good at mixing them. You don’t need 17 tubes of different greens.

I use the cheapest watercolors I can find and personally like Crayola. I’ve had expensive watercolors before and there is no discernible difference. Spend the money on a good pen that won’t run when you get it wet.

When painting sun-lit grass, throw down a base coat of yellow before you come in with your greens. This is especially important with watercolors and even oils. Try it. You’ll see what I’m talking about.

Linseed oil is your friend.

Learn when to call a painting done.

Draw from nature and do it every day. You aren’t trying to make a masterpiece, you are building a relationship between your eyes and your hand. Don’t be scared to let them talk out their problems.