I'd like you to have just a few supplies for our first session. I'll have others to show you, and for you to try out, before you decide what works best for you.
- Sketch book or paper - At least one of your favorite drawing implements: charcoal, pencil, pen - View Finder <- link to an one I recommend on amazon - Straight edge - Reference material such as printed photos or images on a tablet
- Sketch book and pencil or pens for drawing - View finder - Paper towels (or rags), cups for water or medium - Canvases, panels, or paper you can paint on, about 6 to 12 inches on a side, some rectangular, some square, a board to tape paper to for painting and some tape - For brushes I generally use flats, mostly #s 4 to 8, a few smaller ones. I like the Robert Simmons Titanium. You might also like Robert Simmoms Signet hog's hair brushes, they are stiffer but they hold lots of paint. - At least one palette knife for mixing paint, more if you want to paint with them
Paints: In my classes and workshops students may paint with oil or acrylic. If you plan to paint with oils, and have both oils and acrylics, please bring them both. We often do some under painting in acrylic with oil or acrylic on top. - I use two of each primary (one that leans towards each of the other two primaries, see below), plus white. - If you are happy with the colors you can make with your palette, just bring the paints you normally use. - If you aren’t, look through your paints and try to find these: a yellow red (e.g., cad red), a blue red (quinacridone or alizarin crimson), a red blue (e.g., ultramarine), a yellow blue (e.g. phthalo or cerulean), and two yellows (cad yellow, plus anything not containing cadmium), and Titanium white. - If you have only student grade paints, your color mixing will be limited. I recommend getting a non-student grade paint for at least your ultramarine blue and cad yellow medium (see below for brands). - Paint recommendations: I like Gamblin oils, and to work with them, you’ll need Gamsol, Gamblin’s solvent. I like Golden acrylics. The Golden Open Acrylics are more like oils in terms of how long they take to dry, if you are looking for that. For water-based oils, any quality brand in a non-student grade will be fine. - If you are painting with acrylics, please bring all the mediums that you have. I particularly like the Golden Acrylic Medium – regular gel gloss.
For plein air classes and workshops you will also need: - Your basic painting setup including an easel (or pochade box and tripod) with palette and holder for your painting - Cups that attach to your palette for medium - For acrylic, a Masterson box with lid and sponge insert - A hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and a water bottle - Long pants are recommended to minimize ticks
Artist and Craftsman Supply in Portland has the items on this list and gives a 10% student discount. Call (207) 772-7272 and ask for Michaela.