Investigations in Landscape: Representation to Abstraction: Intermediate & Advanced
Supply List


This supply list is only a recommendation. Nothing here is a requirement. You may bring whatever supplies you have and we will work with those. These recommendations represent what I believe are optimum choices.

Suggested supply list for plein air (outdoor) painters:

Bring rolls of Bounty paper towels. a sketch pad and sketching materials( graphite and pencils), artists tape. disposable surgical gloves ( nitrile , vinyl etc) ,a digital camera ( I will provide digital photo tips and instruction), and containers for oil, solvents, water etc..

For oil painters:

I recommend Old Holland, Sennelier and Charvin Extra Fine oil paints. Here are a few color recommendations: Titanium white, Scheveningen blue light or cyan, Ultramarine blue, gamboge yellow, transparent red oxide, carmine lake or alizarin crimson, Scheveningen red middle or vermillion. Those are basics ; if you would like more colors then I suggest another yellow like citron, a violet like cobalt violet or Charvin's intense violet or a Quinacridone magenta or fuchsia, a green like Charvin's Imperial Green or Hookers green, a bright pink, and cobalt blue and black. I use no turpentine or turpenoid when oil painting. For a medium I simply use pure poppy, refined linseed, or walnut oil. You can clean your brushes in linseed oil and then with soap and water. There is no need for a toxic solvent. If you prefer to use one then, I suggest gamsol or eco house not, Weber turpenoid. If you want a solvent that is non-toxic then use Soysolv. Remember you can not take turpenoid or gamsol or eco house or any aerosols on to an airplane. For brushes I recommend the Raphael Kaerell 290 series in 1" and 2" ( get several of each) . These are synthetic flat brushes. Polar flo is suitable. Also I suggest some 1/2 ", 1" and 2" ox bristle flats ( inexpensive and available at all hardware stores). A badger fan brush, a synthetic round #12 or 14, and finally, I use a new line of wide soft synthetics by liquitex in 3" and 6" ( but these are more optional). Other optional brushes include 1/4" and smaller Raphael synthetic sable flats as well as a couple of round bristle brushes for rolling scumbles. For painting surface I suggest anything that is smooth. I work on aluminum and copper available from hardware stores, Artfix L84C linen is extraordinarily smooth but, expensive, any smooth primed linen or any hot press watercolor paper which you can make oil ready simply by an application of Golden's polymer gloss varnish.

For watercolorists:

I again recommend Old Holland, Sennelier, and Lukas 1862 Aquarelle brands. The Old Holland are the best. The others are good. Consider the same color palette as recommended for the oil painters. Be sure to buy an opaque white( titanium highlighting white). For brushes I have the same recommendation as for the oil painters. I suggest you buy a supply of Golden's gloss polymer varnish for preparing your paper which I suggest to be any hot press water color paper in block or sheet form. I further suggest a limited selection of soft and hard pastels, white conte sticks, razor blades, water container. When buying your watercolors please purchase them in tube not pan form. If interested I will demonstrate egg tempera techniques with these tube watercolors ( then please bring or prepare to purchase a couple of raw eggs).

For Acrylic painters:

I suggest, Lascaux or Golden Acrylics or Matisse acrylics. Lascaux and Golden are the best. ( Do not buy any of the student grade or liquitex acrylics). Again I recommend the same palette as oils with the following additions, Cyan, cobalt blue, Hansa or other transparent warm and cool yellows, vermillion, cadmium yellow, cadmium red light, Quinacridone violet or magenta. For brushes I recommend the same brushes as with the oils and watercolors with a special emphasis on a variety of flat ox bristle brushes ( especially 1 and 2"). A Bristle fan and a some bristle rounds will also be helpful. Be sure to buy a medium of gloss medium varnish and a container of polymer gloss varnish and the new open medium. With the new open medium there is little reason to buy a line of open acrylics because the open medium will convert your standard acrylics into open acrylics. I prefer the standard acrylics to the liquid acrylics because I can make the standard acrylics into liquid acrylics with mediums.

Remember, we can always work with whatever materials you have on hand. These are just my recommendations.