Suggested Materials List
*Cadmium Yellow Light
*Cadmium Yellow Medium
*Cadmium Red Light
*Trasparent Red Oxide (Rembrandt brand)
Munsell Neutrals (if you happen to have them mixed and tubed already)
This is a general list of colors that I use. You don’t necessarily need every single one of them depending on what you choose to paint. Colors with an asterisk are colors that I pretty much always have out on my palette and would strongly recommend bringing though. Feel free also to bring in any other colors that you like as well.
Bring a good selection of small, round, soft brushes. They don’t have to be expensive (I like the Utrecht brand with the black handle and stripe of color near where you hold it…they’re cheap and work well) but it’s helpful to have a handful of them around. I would also recommend bringing a few small to medium size soft filberts. A couple medium size bristle brushes, either round or filbert, can be helpful to have around for the underpainting stage as well. Also, one very soft fan brush is useful.
Bring something to paint on. It can be linen or canvas. I would suggest something with a medium texture, so not super rough linen but also not something glass smooth either. If you are feeling unsure of what to get a few suggestions would be:
Artfix 84 oil primed linen (very nice but very expensive fine textured linen)
Centurion oil primed linen (from Jerry’s Artorama. Inexpensive but nice)
Claessens 13 oil primed linen (a common GCA standby)
Claessens 66 oil primed linen (this is on the rougher side. It is a nice linen to work on but I would avoid going with any rougher texture than this)
I would suggest getting something in the 8 x 10 size range. I wouldn’t go too much bigger than 9 x 12 for this one.
-Some kind of painting medium. I like Oleogel personally and would recommend trying it if you haven’t. It can be purchased at SOHO Art Supply here in the city. Liquin or linseed oil can also be used.
-Solvent. Please bring either Gamsol or Oderless turpenoid. No mineral spirits or turpentine. I personally use Gamsol as it is the most health-friendly solvent on the market.
-Palette. I like to use a wooden palette that I can hold right up near where I’m working. The one I use is made by New Wave Palettes. Any palette that you like is fine though.
-Palette knives. I like to have a couple small and medium size palette knives around for mixing.
-Saran Wrap. You won’t need much but you may need some…so if you have a buddy coming with you you can split a roll.
-Pencils, paper, eraser, drawing board for working out your initial drawing.
-Brown India ink and a dipping pen. We’ll use this for after we transfer our drawing on to the canvas. I like the cheap quill pens and a bottle of ink but you can also use a brown micron pen if you like.
-Retouch varnish. I like the Old Holland brand.
-And lastly…something to paint! Remember, we only have two weeks so I’d like people to keep the subject matter fairly simple so that they have time to really take it to a high level of finish. A few potatoes or lemons can make a great still life! …in general I would avoid anything too complex or with a ton of small parts that will suck you in to spending the whole time on the initial drawing.
Materials Oil Paint Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colours or equivalent
Cadmium Red light
Range of filberts in assorted sizes between numbers one to ten
softer blending brushes,
pallet knife, paper towels,
Linseed Oil and Gamsol