COPIES: STRUCTURE AND VARIATION — Catherine Kehoe
April 8-11, 2019 — Monday-Thursday
The links are suggestions; you can purchase supplies from your preferred source.
Pencils. Any 2B or softer pencil, or a mechanical pencil, is fine.
Eraser. Retractable erasers are handy for erasing pencil, but any white plastic eraser works.
Drawing paper. Lightweight paper (copy paper, newsprint, etc.) for analytical drawing. About 9x12 or 11x14
Transfer paper. For transferring drawings to a painting support. Comes in rolls in several colors.
Drawing board. About 11x14 inches or similar, depending on the size you will work. Don’t bring a giant drawing board.
Straight edge/rulers. A 6” ruler and a 12” ruler
Paper towel. Bounty, Viva or your choice. Or clean rags.
Surfaces to paint on. Bring one for Tuesday’s exercise, and one or two extras in case you have time to do more than one.
• Primed panels, canvas, linen, paper, etc. are fine. Try toning your support in advance for a neutral, medium-value surface. (Starting on a white ground can throw off the values, causing us to key everything too light) A thin wash of acrylic paint can work well for toning the support.
• Arches makes a paper suitable for oil painting:
• Carton board painting supports are economical and take up little space. Is somewhat absorbent. If you find it too absorbent, you can put on a thin coat of clear gesso or matt medium.
Size of painting support. Up to 11x14 inches. 8x10 or 9x12 or similar is good.
Palette. 12x16 inches or so is a good size. Can be glass, wood, etc. Here is a link to a gray palette paper pad that can be handy for workshop use.
Palette box. Here is an optional airtight palette container that keeps the paint on your palette fresh for days. It is 12”x16” It is not a palette but rather an airtight box to store your palette and keep your paint from drying. This one is for oil paint.
There is another one with a red lid if you work in acrylic.
Here is a link to the one for use with acrylic paint:
A palette knife is necessary for mixing paint. This one is the best.
Choose the offset 4 1/2 x 5/8 inch version.
Solvent (if you work in oil). Use odlorless Gamsol.
Palette cups (if you work in oil). Small metal cups [one for medium (optional), one for solvent.] Solvent is used only for cleaning brushes, not for diluting paint. You can purchase cups that hook onto your palette. Some have screw-on caps.
Medium. (if you work in oil). If you want to use a medium to loosen the paint a little, you can try a simple, traditional medium of 4 parts Gamsol to one part stand oil (or one part linseed oil). Mix them together in a small non-glass jar or squeeze bottle (shampoo bottle). Or try Solvent-Free Gel by Gamblin. Please do not use a medium with damar, or any medium that has a strong odor. Some people have sensitivity to solvents and mediums with a strong odor; if a room full of people uses these products, we can all feel sick in a short time.
Paint brushes. Flat brushes in the Bright shape are good. Sizes: 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch.
Synthetic, nylon, bristle, sable, inexpensive. Whatever you have on hand or prefer.
Disposable bag Use to put soiled rags in before disposal.
Oil paint For Tuesday’s or Thursday’s exercises. Medium-price paints, like Gamblin or Winsor & Newton, are fine. Old Holland and Williamsburg paints are good and expensive. You probably have your own palette of colors you like to use. Feel free to bring them, and add any of the following colors if you have not used them.
Suggested list of colors:
For Tuesday (choose one pair):
1. cadmium lemon OR cadmium yellow light AND dioxazine violet
2. Cadmium red light AND cobalt teal
3. Alizarin crimson (any brand) AND cadmium green pale (Winsor Newton)
Thursday’s exercise can be done in acrylic paint, or oil, the medium of your choice.
You can bring whatever colors you like from the list below.
cadmium lemon OR cadmium yellow light
cadmium yellow deep OR cadmium orange (Winsor & Newton)
cadmium scarlet (Winsor & Newton) OR cadmium red light (other brands)
alizarin crimson permanent OR perylene crimson
dioxazine purple/violet (optional)
ultramarine blue AND/OR cobalt blue
Courbet green (Williamsburg) Makes a great black.
cobalt teal (Gamblin or Williamsburg)
cadmium green pale (Winsor & Newton)
PLEASE DO NOT BRING EARTH COLORS. No yellow ochre, naples yellow, burnt umber, burnt sienna, raw sienna, etc.
Supplies for Wednesday’s collage exercise
Sheet of cardboard or cutting mat if you are using an Xacto knife to cut the paper.
One sheet of heavy paper or cardboard as a support for gluing the cut paper onto
Five sheets of copy paper to paint with the five values of acrylic paint. (I will supply the copy paper and we will paint it in advance)
X-Acto knife and small metal straight edge, or scissors, whichever cutting tool is most comfortable.
Acrylic paint in five values (I will supply the paint for a minimal cost so you don't have to buy five tubes of paint)
Palette knife to apply the five values to the five sheets of paper.
Palette (disposable paper palette works well for acrylic paint)
Glue stick or similar adhesive.
Cup for water to rinse fingers
Paper towel to dampen and wipe wet glue off of collage