NOTE: Updated as of August 2018.
This is a list of personal supplies that I generally use and is quite typical of what most artists carry and use. The list is to be taken as a general guide, but please pay particular attention to the colors and panels/pads. I would like students to make sure they have a complete painting kit, just as if they were going out to paint on their own.
Cadmium yellow light (or pale, depending on brand)
Cadmium red light
Perylene red (aka Pyrrole, Pyrol red–Not Cadmium)
I mix the two above mentioned colors to make a great permanent alizarin crimson.
Ultramarine blue (deep or French)
Yellow ochre (raw Sienna is fine)
Completely Optional Colors:
Cadmium lemon yellow
Cadmium yellow deep
Note: Paint brands I recommend: Michael Harding, Blue Ridge, Rembrandt, Gamblin, M. Graham, Old Holland, Winsor & Newton, Utrecht and Michael Harding. No student grade paint!
In general, we’ll be working in two size ranges: small and medium. For the small, bring a variety of panels (8-12) in this size range- 6x8, 8x10 and 9x12. For the medium sizes, bring a variety of panels (4 to 6) in this size range- 11x14, 12x16 or 14x18. NOTE, its fine if you only choose one size in the small and one size in the medium ranges, although I do like the variety. We probably won’t go through all of these but it’s just better to have a few extra, than to run out.
Linen or Canvas Pads:
These are a great alternative to a panel. For the most part we will be working with a limited time and on a smaller scale. So it really helps if the surface you are painting on isn’t too expensive. I recommend the Centurion acrylic or oil primed pads in an 11x14, 12x16 or larger size (they are easy to cut down). They’re high-quality, lightweight and inexpensive and can be found at Jerry’s and/or ASW. If you choose to use these or other pads you will need to bring a couple of thin, lightweight plywood or masonite boards to tape them to. In the cases of panels/pads having extra is a good thing.
Odorless Mineral Spirits:
(Gamsol or other artist grade).
My preferred medium is 1 part stand oil to 4 parts odorless mineral spirits. Students should also have a medium such as Gamblin Galkyd lite or Neo-Megilp or Winsor & Newton Liquin. These mediums will help your work dry more quickly.
Hog bristle or synthetic- at least two of each size 2 thru 12 (even numbers) filbert or flat. Also, A few soft bristle brushes in assorted sizes (sable, mongoose or badger hair). I prefer the Rosemary Master Series (I use all sizes and shapes).
Bring a portable size brush cleaner to hold your mineral spirits.
Plus some assorted soft charcoal pencils and charcoal sticks and a kneaded eraser.
Paper towels and Masking Tape:
Wet panel carrier:
Raymar makes a great and simple carrier www.raymarart.com. If you’re looking for something more substantial try www.allaprimapochade.com Ben makes a great product.
(glass, wood or plastic, whatever size fits inside your portable easel).
Plein-Air easel--highly recommended:
Many schools provide easels for students. But I have found most artists paint outside and therefore have a plein-air easel setup that they like and are familiar with. These tend to take up less space and are easy for the students to move around.
Supplies can be ordered from any of the following:
o Daniel Smith (www.danielsmith.com )
o ASW Express (www.aswexpress.com)
o Blue Ridge (www.blueridgeartist.com)
o Jerry’s (www.jerrysartarama.com )
o Sourcetek (www.canvaspanels.com )
o Utrecht (www.utrechtart.com )
o Raymar (www.raymarart.com)
o Cheap Joe’s (www.cheapjoes.com )
o Amazon (www.amazon.com)