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 – Bring some portable easel that you’re comfortable and familiar with. There’s a wide variety of them available from the traditional French Easel to the modern pochade boxes made by Guerilla Painter, Open M Box and Easy L. 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 – Most inexpensive gessoed canvas boards or wooden panels from most art stores will do. I usually make my own. Bring various sizes from 8″x10″ – 12″x16″ to work on.
Paints – I 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 (Hansa Yellow Light)
- Cadmium Medium (Hansa Yellow Medium or Deep)
- Cadmium Red Medium (Napthol Red)
- Alizarin Cimson
- Cerulean Blue Hue (Manganese Blue)
- Ultramarine Blue
- Optional colors: Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Viridian, Permanent Green
Medium – odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol)
Paper towels – for cleaning brushes
Palette Knifes – for painting and scraping
Sketchbook, pens & pencils