Kim Barrick: FAST & FURIOUS
Get ready to have some fun!
We will be painting a number of quick studies, some of which will stand alone as small paintings. It is most important that you not be concerned about the expense of the materials so please bring old panels, pieces of primed canvas, Dura-Lar or canvas paper to use as supports. Another option is to purchase the least expensive panels you can find.
Here is what I recommend:
4-8-5 x 7, or 6 x 6
1-2 12 x 16, 16 x 20
Foam board or masonite to attach primed canvas, Dura-Lar, canvas paper & clips or tape
Acrylic paint (bring at least one color) cadmium red light, lemon yellow, cerulean blue or any other vibrant acrylic color you have on hand) and a
brush for use with the acrylic paint.*
If you have the time or are an over-over-achiever, prime a few panels, canvas pieces or Dura-Lar with your red, yellow or blue acrylic paint before you arrive. You can divide panels/sheets into 2 or 4 sections priming each section in a different color if you wish. This will give you more time in class to create.
Paint: Oils, (either traditional or water soluble) will be covered in this class. If you have not tried oils and are hesitant to work with toxic solvents, water-soluble oils are a wonderful alternative. They mix and clean up with water. DO NOT PURCHASE STUDENT GRADE PAINTS. Basic Palette:
Cadmium Yellow Light (Lemon)
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Light
Ultramarine Blue (Deep best)
Prussian Green (or Viridian)
Thalo Yellow Green (or Sap)
Mauve or Blue Violet
Titanium White-large tube
I strongly recommend that you limit your palette and learn to mix colors. The additional colors are for the few times you need and extra punch in your color.
Solvents: Odorless Turpenoid or Oderless mineral spirits. No regular solvents. If you chose to use traditional oils, I recommend that you wear groves, and you must carry a leak proof container. Do not skimp on this item, as leaks are both toxic to humans and the environment.
Brushes: While you may be tempted to purchase less expensive brushes, this is not an area to be frugal. You get what you pay for in a brush; therefore it is better to buy 2 good brushes rather than 6 lesser quality brushes. I prefer flats and filberts, but use others as well. Find a few brushes you really like and learn to use them well. You can expand your brush handling over time. You will need one small brush (size 2) filbert for drawing and details and several others medium to large #4-#10. With water-soluable oils you will need to use synthetic brushes. Natural bristle brushes will dry out and expand in the water used to thin the oils. I use Princeton series 6300 and Rosemary synthetic which are most like boar bristles. I also use Monarch brushes which are similar to sable brushes.
Easel: Bring a pochade or light easel for the workshop. Or let Jeanie know you need to use one of her easels. You will be able to leave all your equipment in the studio for the entire workshop. We will be moving around a large still life set-up, so lighter is better. Palette: You can store your paints in a Masterson's box with the air tight lid if you are in the studio or class. Putting a neutral foam lining under glass on the bottom allows for quick cleanup, and storage. Use a dab of petroleum jelly on the seal and store unused paint inside the box, then stored in the refrigerator (not the freezer which will cause the box to crack).
Paper Towels or box of Kleenex (Pick-a-size towels are great)
Plastic grocery bags (for soiled towels) to hang on setup
Small cup (w or w/o clip) to put solvent or water and attach to setup
Palette knife and/or single edge razor for cleaning palette
Airtight solvent holder or plastic cup with handle (for water) to Rinse brushes. NO SOLVENTS DOWN SINKS OR POURED ON GROUND
***small sketch book and pencil
view finder w/ tinted film. www.pictureperfectviewfiner.com is excellent.
color wheel (small to set by your easel)
***this is a must