Reid Masselink

No classes currently scheduled...

To schedule a class for yourself or a group please contact me at I am open to all propositions.

In the meantime....

"I would advise young artists . . . to paint as they can, as long as they can, without being afraid of painting badly . . . . If their painting doesn't improve by itself, it means that nothing can be done - and I wouldn't do anything!" Claude Monet

So get some paints and get painting...

My recommended materials for getting going in painting are:

colors - I prefer Rembrandt unless noted otherwise, they are fluid enough to work without adding additional linseed oil
titanium white or mixed titanium and zinc 
cadmium lemon yellow
cadmium medium yellow
yellow ochre dark (Old Holland)
cadmium red light
red ochre (Old Holland)
permanent madder deep or alizarin crimson
ivory black
ultramarine blue light
manganese blue hue (made from Pthalo blue)

Artist quality odorless mineral spirits bought from an art supply store

palette - a wood palette from New Wave. I use the Highlander.

Metal cup for mineral spirits

Brushes - I like round synthetic mongoose brushes - try a variety and see what you prefer.


box to put your stuff in...

Wet palette box or tupperware - to store your palette in and keep wet paint fresh for the next day. I use the Masterson stay wet palette box with the New Wave Highlander Palette.

Properly prepared canvas, panel, or paper to paint on. Try lots and see what you prefer. I prefer fine wove linen canvases prepared with a cream colored oil priming.

When you are finished painting, pour your dirty mineral spirits into a glass jar. Let them sit over night or longer. Paint inside will settle to bottom of jar. You can pour off the clean mineral spirits into another jar and re-use them. DO NOT POUR MINERAL SPIRITS DOWN THE DRAIN OR THROW IT OUTSIDE.

Dirty rags with paint on them go into a metal trash can with a lid.

Both dirty paint rags and mineral spirits need to be eventually disposed of at a proper facility.