Plein Air Oils 

Supply list

I have noted in red the links to some websites where I buy my supplies

PAINTS

 

Brand: M. Graham Artists’ Oil Paints.

 

Titanium White

Azo Yellow

Indian Yellow

Naphthol Red

Quinacridone Rose

Ultramarine Blue

Manganese Blue Hue

Phthalo Green

Sap Green Permanent

Burnt Umber

 

These are the colors I use but feel free to bring to my class any colors that you favor. Also, any brand of oil paints is good as long as it is artist grade, not student grade. I am familiar with M. Graham, Gamblin, Utrecht, Sennelier and Rembrandt and I like all.

Note that if you buy a different brand, the color might be different for the same name. For example, Indian Yellow from M. Graham is quite different to Indian Yellow from Gamblin.

If you don't want to spend much on paints, I recommend to buy only White, Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Rose, Ultramarine Blue. Using only a few colors will force you to mix more to get other colors and therefore you will learn more about color mixing.

http://www.dickblick.com/products/m-graham-artists-oil-colors/

MEDIUM AND BRUSH CLEANER

 

Instead of using solvent, I recommend the Walnut Alkyd Medium, which is solvent-free. 

 

If you prefer solvent, I recommend Gamsol or Turpenoid, with are safer alternative to Turpentine. However, keep in mind that these solvents are also harmful in poor ventilated areas. If we need to work in the studio in case of bad weather, please don't use turpentine there.

 

Walnut Alkyd Medium from M. Graham

I use this solvent-free medium to thin the color, accelerate drying, enhance adhesion between layers and increase surface sheen and flexibility

http://www.dickblick.com/products/m-graham-walnut-alkyd-medium/
 

Ivory Soap

 

I thoroughly clean my brushes at the end of a session in two steps: first I remove most of the paint with a paper towel, then I clean the brushes with ivory soap and water.

CVS or similar store.

 

SMALL JARS FOR MEDIUM

I use a small jar for my medium and I put in on my palette, but some people prefer a larger container with solvent to hang from their field easel. Anyway, it is important that is leak-proof.

I by my jars from Amazon: Vivaplex, 12, Clear, 2 oz, Round Glass Jars, with Inner Liners and black Lids

JARS: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WLKXF13/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_image?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

EASEL AND PALETTE

You will need a field easel for plein air painting. I use the Lite pochade box from Artwork essentials and a tripod, which I think is a great choice for small works, up to 16" height. It includes space for your palette (I use a paper palette sheet)

 

POCHADE BOX: http://www.artworkessentials.com/products/Lite/Lite.htm

 

I also use a brush holder from the same brand:

BRUSH HOLDER (Scroll down until you see the brush holder): http://www.artworkessentials.com/products/accessories/accessories.htm

 

There are many other options that might better fit your budget or preferences. You can explore some on the blick website. Keep in mind that some options offer you only the easel and then you have to add a palette that you have to hold on your hand. Most people prefer a light easel so it is easy to carry around. Just keep in mind that if it is too light, it will not be stable in a windy day.

PLEIN AIR EASELS: https://www.dickblick.com/categories/furniture/easels/plein-air/

 

 

CANVAS PANELS

In my workshop I suggest you bring one panel per day for a finished work, and optionally another panel per day just in case you want to do a quick sketch or an additional work. I recommend ​sizes between 9x12" and 12x16"

You can adapt this suggestions to your preferences, using smaller or larger sizes, doing more or less sketches and finished works. That depends a lot on your experience and if you work fast or not.

Any panel is good for quick sketches and studies but if you want some good quality panels, I recommend Raymarart panels. They have very good and expensive Linen canvases but I find that their portrait cotton canvas panels are a great quality for a reasonable price.

 

You will need also some panel carrier, I recommend the ones from Raymarat or from Panelpak

RAYMARART CANVAS PANELS AND CARRIERS: http://www.raymarart.com/

RAYMARART PANELS IN THE BLICK WEBSITE: https://www.dickblick.com/products/raymar-23sc-smooth-portrait-canvas-panels/

PANELPAK CARRIER: http://www.panelpak.com/

BRUSHES

 

MY BASIC BRUSHES:

 

I work mainly with Silver Bristlon Synthetic Brushes, flats. It is a personal preference and I think you should experiment also with other types to see what works best for you.

Silver Brush Bristlon Flat

  • 2 brushes size 2 (I use this size for detail)

  • 4 brushes size 6 (This is the size I use the most)

I tried to keep this recommendation to the minimum, but you may need more brushes of each type if you don't want to clean them each time you change colors.

http://www.dickblick.com/products/silver-brush-bristlon-synthetic-brushes/

OTHER RECOMMENDED BRUSHES

If you want to experiment with different shapes, I recommend Bristlon Synthetic Brushes, Set of 4 (flat, filbert, bright and round)

http://www.dickblick.com/items/09229-0049/

If you want to experiment with natural brushes, I recommend Utrecht Natural Chungking Pure Bristle Brushes. They also have a set of 4 with different shapes and sizes.

http://www.dickblick.com/products/utrecht-natural-chungking-pure-bristle-brushes/

For a realistic and detailed style, I recommend Silver Brush Renaissance Red Sable for Oils

http://www.dickblick.com/products/silver-brush-renaissance-red-sable-round/

METALLIC PALETTE KNIFE

I recommend to have at least one, small size and optionally a large size.

 

SMALL: http://www.dickblick.com/items/03117-1001/

LARGE: http://www.dickblick.com/items/03117-2011/

 

RAGS OR PAPER TOWELS 

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