CANVAS:  I like to use the wrap around canvas boards with either single thick sides, or double thick sides.  This way, you have the choice of framing them or not. 

  The cheap brushes are just as good as some of the more expensive ones.  Choose a variety of round, flat and fine ones.  I like to use only synthetic brushes, as I don't support sables being slaughtered for a brush.

PAINTS:  I try to use a limited palette of colours for a painting.  This helps to keep the harmony and mood of the painting consistent as a whole.  If you are starting out, you can produce great paintings with just Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue and a large tube of Titanium White.

TURPENTINE:  I like to use either an odourless turps or citrus-based turps as they don't have that terrible smell.  Turps is used to clean out your brushes and to thin paint in initial washes.  I pour some into a glass jar with a bit of flyscreen shoved into the bottom - you wash out your brushes on the flyscreen which helps prevent the sediment at the bottom of the jar from being disturbed and further dirtying up the turps.
Even though the canvases that you buy state that they are already primed for painting, I always give at least one coat of Gesso primer anyway.  It makes the canvas smoother and helps further protect it against the oil paint.

EASEL:  I have one huge stand-alone easel for very big paintings, but all you really need is a small table easel and you can sit in comfort!

PALETTE:  Those disposable tear-off palettes are great.  They last a long time and are mess-free.

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