Plein Air Materials
Easel: You need some kind of easel and palette you can take with you. There are many varieties,
the most common being a French Easel. Other options include various Pochade boxes or a DayTripper easel. A quality easel can be expensive but is worth the investment. Remember: You get what you pay for!
Wet Panel Carrier: A box with slots designed for transporting wet panels without smearing them. If you don?t have one of these you can make do with a pizza box (Just don?t tip it!)
Oil paints: My preferred brands are Gamblin, Utrecht, and Holbein. Bring a variety of bright
colors that you are comfortable with. No earth-tones please!
My palette: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red Light,
Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue Hue (Utrecht), Viridian Hue (Holbein),
Yellow Green (Utrecht brand).
Brushes: Flat hog bristle brushes in sizes # 2,4,6,8, and 10, and a palette knife for mixing.
Panels: I prefer oil-primed Belgian linen, but acrylic-primed canvas is cheaper and easier to find.
Bring whatever kind you are comfortable with. Bring at least 10 panels of variety of sizes for
plein air painting (such as 8x10 and 9x12), and bring a couple larger panels (such as 12x16) for a
Spill-proof solvent container: No glass! There are many varieties of metal solvent cans. Get agood one with a rubber lining on the lid. Hobby Lobby has a decent one for about $15.
Medium: I don?t usually paint with a medium, but feel free to bring one if you like.
Laptop/tablet and Camera: We will be doing some studio painting as well, and it?s important to have a digital camera (a good cell phone camera will work just fine) and a laptop/iPad or similar device to view the photos.
Other materials: Plastic grocery/garbage bags, paper towels, Gamsol odorless mineral spirits from Gamblin, razor blade scraper (if using a glass palette), sketchbook and pencil, composition/view-finder, and a backpack to carry all of your supplies. We will be spending time outside, so make sure to bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen, water,and anything else you may find useful.