As a child, when you are interested in drawing and painting, you don’t choose your material and tools wisely. They’re not important to you at that age. However, as you grow old and decide to pursue art as a serious hobby or even a career, these things become important in order to create quality artwork.

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I am shopping for my dad who is 60 years old and looking to pick up oil painting as a hobby. He has liked it in the past but it has been many many years. My brother and I want to get him some start up supplies, including an easel. I don't know much about oil painting but we'd like to get him an easel, one good for oil painting of course and that is pretty good quality to last him but within reason. Other supplies you recommend to get started?

Thanks so much,

Stephanie W.
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Hello Stephanie,

I would suggest a Dulce Easel. It is very popular and at a great sale price.

For oil paints, we recommend this set of 20 colors:
and palette paper:

As for brushes, this is good:

For brush cleaner and thinner:

And take 2 or 3 16"x20" canvases
Or any other size you think he would like

I think he would also enjoy these excellent instructional DVDs by Master Artist Daniel Greene


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