Canada Balsam - The Art TreehouseCanada Balsam - 100% pure
   True Balsam, "unequaled in clarity"!
Canada Balsam is used in oil painting, and even as a cement for optical lenses.  It enhances colors and permanence, and since it does not crystallize with age its optical properties do not deteriorate.
Our Canada Balsam is pure, direct from the fir tree.  Read more HERE!

Biobased Artist Thinner - The Art Treehouse  Biobased  Artist Thinner
Works great with paint and brushes!

Can be used for the initial canvas sketch, and for cleaning. Contains no naptha, turpentine, OMS or mineral spirits. Fully compatible with linseed, walnut & safflower oils. Biobased & Design for The Environment Recognized.

Walnut Painting GelWalnut Painting Gel - New!
Water Washed!
Unique among the various mediums available to the oil painter.  Made from water-washed walnut oil and a form of liquified silica that is extremely clear. Crafted to make a very unusual medium! 

The Art Treehouse Shader Brush
The New Art Treehouse Shader Brush!
This synthetic sable brush is unusual, with fuller thickness throughout its length.

Oil of Spike Lavender - The Art Treehouse

Sam Shelton Best of Show

BEST OF SHOW - Two artists recently won Best of Show awards for the paintings using colours from The Art Treehouse.  On the left, Bill Martin's Waterfront measures 16" x 20".  Bill made use of his new technique where Buff Titanium replaces Titanium White with a touch of Burnt Umber, or Raw Umber, creating a rather “taffy” color, or “putty” color. On the right, Samuel Shelton's painting was completed in just four hours at a "paint off" competition in Texas.  Samuel is in the final stages of completion for his new professional artist instructional video covering the process from beginning to end. 

Because of the quality of his work, Bill Martin is often asked about the medium he uses in his painting.  He has created his own formula that enables him to use a single medium for both the layering of paint and the glazing, while adding a uniformity and consistency to the overall image.  His paintings are widely recognized and respected by other artists, and his painting "Biff" was recently awarded "Best of Show" at one of the galleries where he is represented. HERE!

Mark Balma Painting with Spike LavenderWHAT CAN YOU DO WITH SPIKE LAVENDER? In Mark Balma's technique, a mixture of Oil of Spike Lavender, Walnut Oil, and resin serve as the medium which allows for many layers of hand-ground paint to be superimposed upon each other. Mark is reclaiming an early Renaissance technique pioneered by Leonardo da Vinci. This technique creates an exceptional depth and richness of color that complements the soul and character of the painting. Mark refers to his approach as metaphysical realism, where the artist paints beyond the reality of the subject toward the spiritual. Two of Mark's paintings are in the Vatican’s permanent collection, and his work can be found in the Museum of Spiritual Art, Assisi, Italy, the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul, Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis Campus, Minnesota.  He has done commissioned portraits for four U.S. Presidents, and multiple European Heads of State, as well as many celebrities and public figures.  Clearly, Mark Balma has made great use of Oil of Spike Lavender as part of his overall approach to painting throughout many years of successful art!


Oil painting is a unique art form due in large part to the individual qualities of the pigments, as well as the great diversity of mediums. Each pigment brings challenges as well as rewards. The array of paints on an artist’s palette are not just a color spectrum, but a texture spectrum as well. There are also other spectrums of contrast in a painting, and the use of them can help an artist create great paintings. Here are some examples….

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