My Favorite Things - Acrylics

I admit it, I am an art supply hoarder. In all other areas of my life, I can easily let go of things I'm not using, or stop myself from buying things I don't really need. But when it comes to art supplies, I have absolutely no self control. Back in my art school days, I used to shop at Pearl Paint on Canal St. in NY.  I was an art student with no money in a store with five floors packed to the rafters with every art supply you could think of, and a few you couldn't even imagine. I had to get smart or go bankrupt, so I made a rule that I could only go into that store with enough cash to buy what I needed, plus one fun thing. Apparently, I need to go back to that method of art supply shopping. 

There aren't any good art supply stores close to my home, so I usually order from Dick Blick. I'm pretty good about shopping online, because when I get a little crazy and put too much on my list, I go back and remove some things before placing the order. This is not the case in an actual store, where everything is laid out like a feast. Aisles and aisles of color, paper and brushes, all calling "pick me, pick me."  How can I possibly resist?

 the acrylic paint aisle at my local art supply store

the acrylic paint aisle at my local art supply store

In my last online order, I forgot a few important items and I had to make a decision. Do I make the 1 hour round trip drive to the nearest good art supply store, Plaza Art? Or should I just place a small order and pay for shipping? I was impatient, and needed these things quickly, so off I went to Plaza. If only I had followed my cash only rule from art school. I walked into the store with 2 items on my list. This is what I walked out of the store with:

 Recent art supply haul. 

Recent art supply haul. 

But that got me thinking. What are my favorite supplies, the ones I just can't live without?  (Cue Julie Andrews singing "My Favorite Things") So today I will tell you about some of the acrylic paints I love the best, because they are really my absolute favorite thing to work with at the moment.

When it comes to acrylic paint, my favorites colors are mostly made by Golden Artists Colors. I love the texture and vibrancy of these paints. The pigments I absolutely cannot live without are every color with the word Quinacridone in its name, Vat Orange, Paynes Grey, Pthalo Turq, Nickel Azo Yellow, and Green Gold. Someday, I would like to visit the Golden paint factory in New Berlin, NY, but until then, I will be content with the hand painted color chart I got at a Golden paint demo.  I highly recommend these demos. I learned so much about the different mediums and paints and new ways to use them. (You can find one of these demos in your area on the Golden website.) While Golden is my favorite paint brand, I use other brands as well. Some Liquitex colors I can't live without are Naples Yellow, Manganese Blue, Vivid Lime Green, Brilliant Yellow Green and Indantherene Blue. 

 Some of my favorite tubes of paint

Some of my favorite tubes of paint

I have recently started playing with Golden's Fluid Acrylics. These paints go on remarkably smooth and opaque. I've been mixing them with Matte Medium, and also using them straight out of the bottle, and I love them. My favorite color so far, is Pyrrole Red, but I've only just begun to collect these paints, so I'm sure I will have a much longer list of "must have" colors in a month or two. 

What are your favorite paints? Do you have a color you just can't live without? Leave a comment and lets share some ideas and art supply "must haves". 

Happy Painting !