In my classes and workshops most students paint with oil or acrylic. If you paint with water color, gouache, or pastel, please email me for materials lists for those mediums.
- 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 on paper and some tape - For brushes I generally use flats, mostly #s 4 to 8, a few smaller ones. I like the Robert Simmons Titanium. Oil painters might also like Robert Simmons 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: 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 [best] or alizarin crimson), a red blue (e.g., ultramarine), a green blue (e.g. phthalo [best] or cerulean), and two yellows (cadmium yellow, plus lemon or Hansa yellow), 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. And for water-based oils especially, you will need the medium recommended. - 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
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