The items and brands below are what I prefer to use. However, feel free to use what you have available even if your supplies are slightly different than mine.
Easel & Palette – A portable easel that you’re comfortable and familiar with. There’s a wide variety of them available from the traditional French Easel to modern pochade boxes made by Guerilla Painter, Open M Box and EasyL. If you don’t have one, an easel may be provided but you will still need to bring a palette to work on. I like to use my modified Easy L Versa either on a triopod or as a palette with my Beauport easel.
Brushes – I like to use hog bristle brushes. Sizes ranging from 4 to 12.
Surfaces – Inexpensive gessoed canvas boards or wooden panels from most art stores will do. I usually make my own. Either canvas mounted on board or just primed wood boards. Bring various sizes from 8″x10″ – 12″x16″ to work on.
Paints – I’ll mostly use Gamblin oil colors because they’re great quality and local. However, feel free to bring what brand and colors you have and can easily get. Also, note that the colors in parentheses can work as replacements.
- Titanium White
- Cadmium Lemon (or Hansa Yellow Light)
- Cadmium Medium (or Hansa Yellow Medium/Deep)
- Cadmium Red Medium (or Napthol Red)
- Alizarin Crimson
- Cerulean Blue Hue (or Manganese Blue)
- Ultramarine Blue
- Optional additional colors: Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Viridian, Permanent Green
Medium – odorless mineral spirits (such as Gamsol)
Paper towels – for cleaning brushes
Palette Knifes – for painting, mixing and scraping
Sketchbook, pens & pencils – for value & composition sketches, notes, etc.