- Sketch book and pencil or pens for drawing - View finder (if you have one). This is a good one available at amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Color-Wheel-Artists-View-Catcher/dp/B001DKMZNG/ - 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 - Bring the brushes that you have on hand. I'll have others for you to try. Note that brushes with short handles are generally meant for water color. - At least one palette knife for mixing paint, more if you want to paint with them - Palette paper or a few paper plates - If you have a table top easel, please bring it, if not let me know and i'll bring one for you.
Paints: - If you plan to paint with oils, but have both acrylics as well, please bring them both. We often do some under painting in acrylic with oil or acrylic on top. - Bring the paint colors that you have. I'll have more that you can try. If you really want some new paint, scroll down to the Painting Workshops section below where there is more information including recommendations on paint brands.. - Oil painters will need solvent. Since we're inside for this class, please bring Gamsol. If you don't have that, bring an empty jar and I'll give you some. Other solvents aren't allowed in the room we are using. - If you are painting with acrylics, please bring all the mediums that you have. I particularly like the Golden Acrylic Medium – regular gel gloss.
Reference Material: - Bring any photos that you'd like to paint from.
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.