How to Paint a Really Good Landscape: Beginning to Intermediate
This is only a recommended supply list. These represent optimum choices. If you prefer to work with other materials that will be fine. We can work with whatever you have.
Suggested Supply List for Plein Air Painters:
For all painters: a comfortable lightweight portable stool or chair, rolls of Bounty Paper towels, a sketch pad and sketching materials, artists tape (I use a low tack painter’s tape), disposable rubber gloves, a small rolling suitcase or rolling cart for supplies, a lightweight portable easel, a digital camera (will be offering photo instruction), and anything you would like bring with you (i.e. water) just, keep it lightweight and portable.
For oil painters: I recommend Charvin oil paints or Old Holland oil paints: A Few Suggested Colors are listed below
Titanium white(Charvin), , Ultramarine Blue(Charvin), French Primary yellow(Charvin), Transparent Red Oxide(Charvin), Scheveningen Red middle,…Those are basics….if you want more you could pick up any of a variety of violets( i.e. Intense Violet by Charvin) and, Intense Violet(Charvin) Diamond Pink(Charvin) or Intense Pink(Charvin)(pink), carmine lake( Charvin), napthol red (Charvin),Imperial green(Charvin), a primary yellow(Charvin) and, cyan. I have researched the work of past great masters and discovered many did not use any turpentine or solvents just oils, like linseed, poppy or walnut. For cleaning your brushes you can use that oil and soap and water or use a biodegradable non-toxic degreaser like Soysolv. There is no longer any need to use any toxic solvents when oil painting. If you doubt me and wish to use a solvent then I recommend Gamsol or Eco House. You will need brushes: some rounds and flats in nylon ( Pro Arte Prolenge Connoisseur, or Isabey or Rafael)….any good synthetic nylon-type sables…from at least , some 2” flats and 1"flats to 1/2” flats and rounds, perhaps a #12, #2. And 2" and 1” and, ” inexpensive bristle brushes, and a bristle fan brush .I personally rely on 2” soft synthetic flats (Rafael Kaerel brushes)and 1and 2" ox bristle brushes as well as a Rafael Kaerell (#12 or 14). Jerry's Artarama art supply store has some blue handle primer brushes with hog bristles that are inexpensive and excellent for stippling, or fan effects. A container for your Soysolv( or Gamsol or Eco house turp) and one for medium( walnut, poppy or refined linseed oil) and surfaces to paint on. I paint on any of the following: smooth multi primed Belgian Linen (Artfix L84 C), Old Holland triple primed portrait canvas (linen) pads, galvanized steel or aluminum which I cut to size, acrylic varnished watercolor paper, acrylic varnished clayboard and finally ….the smoother the surface the better.
For Watercolorists: I recommend Lukas Aquarelle 1862 tubes or Old Holland tube watercolors (having the finest color saturation etc). The colors I suggest are: titanium highlighting white, ultramarine blue, Scheveningen Blue Light(O.H), Scheveningen Red (O.H.)Middle, Carmine( Lukas 1862), Scheveningen yellow(O.H.), Gamboge yellow (O.H. and Lukas 1862), primary cyan (Lukas 1862) and transparent red oxide. Consider the same color palette as the oil painters. Be certain to include titanium highlighting white. For brushes I recommend the same as the oil painters with a couple of additions: a couple of Kolinsky Sables and Japanese Sumi brushes could be fun (round and flat in pony hair). Don’t forget your water container, at least 140lb Hot press watercolor paper, paper towels, and some quick release painter’s tape. I suggest razor blades, some white conte crayon, and either a white plastic or paper palette (shiny surface). I like layering media therefore; I will use pastels, acrylic or oils in conjunction with the watercolors. If you’re interested in trying egg tempera then bring a small quantity of acrylic gesso and we will purchase eggs on location (or bring them if you are local). Frequently I prepare my watercolor paper with acrylic varnish, but not always. I use Golden’s or Lascaux’s acrylic varnish (glossy) or, Golden’s mineral spirit soluble acrylic varnish.
For Acrylic Painters: I suggest, Lascaux’s acrylics, Golden acrylics, M. Graham acrylics or Matisse acrylics. With the Matisse products I like their “Structure” line of acrylics. In colors I suggest Transparent Red Oxide (or Burnt Sienna), Ultramarine blue, Quinacridone violet, vermillion or cadmium red light, turquoise or cyan, cobalt blue, Titanium white, Gamboge or Hansa Yellow and cadmium yellow (Hansa and Gamboge are transparent and Cadmium is an opaque yellow), and a gloss medium varnish (Golden makes an excellent product here)I also paint with a gloss varnish as a medium….and, if you want more working time before your paints dry then, get a retarder. You will also need a shiny paper palette, a large container for water, quick release tape, 140 lb. hot press water color paper or a universal primed(acrylic primed) portrait linen or canvas. Your brushes should include a variety of bristle flats and rounds as well as some synthetic sables. Include at least a 2” flat bristle, a 1” flat bristle, and a ” flat bristle (see the blue handle primer bristle brushes that I referred to in the oil paint section above)brush along with a selection of nylon flats and rounds. A bristle fan can prove to be versatile. For all other brushes refer to oil painter’s brushes as described above.
Remember we can always paint with anything on anything. These are just some basic recommendations not requirements. If you wish to use other materials already in your possession that is ok as well.
In case all supplies are not used, remember to save your receipts.