1. How do I chose the best equipment?
This is how to chose the best equipment. Try it out and if you like it and it easy to use no frustrations then great. If not find out why and adjust. Also researching helps, and experience is the most important factor, get some or your going to be lost.
2. What are you currently using and why?
I use a home made pochade box, why, its cheap and what I want in a box. Bristle brushes and smooth type as well, chopped to fit in box. Small palette knife(scraping off palette, mixing colors, and slapping them on the panels. W&N Artist Oil paints, Linseed Oil, OMS, 5x7" or 6x8" Canvas Panel(cotton, cheap), Masonite gessoed, aliminum tripod(light, extends to chest high, sturdy), rags for cleaning, bags for oily rags etc., a back pack, water bottel, need a light on this list, presta bike pump, gear for fixing flat or broken chain, cell phone for calling, bike for easy sight seing(excercise a plus).
If I don't take my oils I take my Watercolor Kit
Watercolor kit I use a Franklin Covey leather with a zipper, 12 pan W&N filled with W&Nartist colors, 6 round and 10 round brushes, waterbottle mister, 2b pencil or .1mm pen, Moleskine Sketchbook watercolor version or Arches 140lb block, use my bike handle bars as a tripod, napkins. Camelback backpack lighter than pochade back pack. Pencil sharpenere in there somewhere.
Sketchbook 5" x 8" landscape Travelogue I beleive with a 2b and 4b pencil. sometimes I take charcoal sticks(hard, med, soft) in altoid tin with rubber eraser and some fixative spray low odor.
3. Money no issue, I might by a little bit longer back pack designed for bike riders, maybe a shorter collapsed tripod thats better if I could find one. Maybe an Alla Prima pochade box from Ben Hagget but I like the one I have so far that I made myself it carrys two 6" x 8" canvas panels and can carry 2 6' x 8" masonite panels instead which is nice.
Carrier for 2 5x7 and 2 6x8 and thats well enough for me but I haven't went on any trips. The most I've painted in a day was 2 panels of 6"x8"
Need to try a plexiglass pallete instead of my marker board.
Need a watercolor setup for tripod. Also a paint box like Charles Reid uses that would be awesome there very expensive, handmade. And an endless supply of girl models of course paid models, lol.
A nice small studio setup for oils and maybe still life setup, lights etc. Natural light coming through windows. A place to store all my artwork. Maybe even getting excepted into a gallery. I think I'm going overboard with this. Money to travel, yeah nead that deffinitely but only through earning it, makes it well worth the effort. Selling my art to fund travleing and whatever else. Thats my goal. That way I can bike more, see the world.
Oh, a nice road bike. My mountain bike is getting to be rather tedious riding on roads up to 20 miles at a time. A nice Shwinn Paramount would be cool for long distances, great for riding on the road. Although I love my mountain bike and can go places the road bike wouldn't do. Theres plenty of places for that around here and elsewhere.
Oh a nice sea kayak that would be awesome. Something like a Perception. Theres plenty of places to go to paint in the kayak, although I never painted while floating in the water, I have beached it backwards and sketched from it. I use a Heritage Kayak but its a sit on top and well not that fast its kind of medium speed and it has a rudder which is a must.
Thats about it. That should either help you or get you into even more trouble, lol. More trouble meaning more money spent etc., lol.
Lastly a really nice camera, maybe even one with telephoto lenses, like what Art Wolf uses, that would be awesome, great for references. You can't paint everything you see, but you can take photos to better help you with ideas.