What works for one painter may not work for another. What I recommend is buy the best materials you can afford. Then experiment, find painters whose work you admire and try what they are using. Experiment! Experiment! Experiment!
Here is what I use and some recommendations for beginners.
My current brush of choice is a Utrecht #10 & #12 Brights You also want to bring a #4 and #6 brushes with you. The brush type has a lot to do with the end result you want so bring what you have.
Warning: Avoid synthetic or sable for plein air painting
If you are a beginner and not expecting to sell these paintings then 8×10 canvas boards are fine. These are cheap and you can throw them out easily enough.
You will get the best experience in my workshop if you cover the canvas with grey gesso.
Grey Matters Disposable Paper Palette Cheap and Easy!
My paint of choice is Classic Artist Oils.
If you have ever painted in oils it is likely you have every color you will need for this workshop. The below palette are the colors I believe gives beginners the best chance for sucess.
Some manufactuers use different trade names. If you have any trouble finding a specific color please contact me.
- Titanium White.
- Cadmium Yellow Medium
- Yellow Ochre
- Hansa Yellow Orange (optional)
- Cadmium Orange (optional)
- Cadmium Red
- Quinacridone Red
- Cobalt Blue (optional)
- Ultramarine Blue
- Phthalo Blue
- Sap Green
- Phthalo Green
- Mars Black
4 oz tubes will be fine to start.
Easel: Total Cost:
You only have four choices in my opinion.
- Any French Box Easel but be careful some are very poorly made but still a good beginners easel. I still use mine if one of my others is out for repairs.
- Soltek Great Easel, Lightweight The only drawback is if it breaks YOU cannot fix it. In 13 years mine has broken once. If I am only painting small this is my easel of choice.
- Take-It Easel I LOVE it! I usually start painting large outside (16×20 to 30×40) and this easel handles those large sizes with no trouble. When the day is coming to an end and I am trying to use up the last of the paint on the palette and painting smaller then I just staple small boards to a larger board and go to work. I use this easel 95% of the time now.
- Prochad Box These are very popular but because I rarely paint small I have never found a need for one. If you choose one of these do some research and choose the one you think is best
- Baby Oil or Thinner
- Something for your thinner Here
- Paper towels I like the Thirsty Line from Safeway
- Garbage Bag for your used paper towels.
- A good quality painting knife.
- Hat or visor
- Tin Can for your Brushes
- A folding chair so you are comfortable during demos.
- Lots of water – to drink 🙂
Note: Avoid glass jars trust me you will break it eventually.
If you have any questions or have trouble finding something please do not hesitate to ask.