We are going to have some fun and create studies, not portraits, of children.
We will be working from photo references, so bring 4 – 5 photos, simple poses, with good light and shadow shapes if possible.
Drawing the correct shape is important to capturing the truth of the pose, so bring along some VINE CHARCOAL for preliminary sketching.
Bring 3 – 4 supports, either boards or stretched canvas, of a size you prefer, though I would suggest no larger than 20 x 16. You may choose to do several small ones, so bring 9 x 12, 12 x 12, or again, a small format that you like. I like painting on linen.
I use a limited palette, basically a warm and cool of each color. My palette is Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium red medium, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Cerulean Blue (CB Hue is ok as well), and Titanium White. I mostly use Gamblin paints, but I like Utrecht and some Lukas 1862.
Flesh tones are best created from the three primaries (red, yellow and blue). Flesh tones vary from one subject to another, but combos of the basic three will give plenty of variety without muddiness. A good trio can be cad red light, yellow ochre, and cerulean.
Bring at least one larger brush (10 or 12 ) as well as others you choose. I am liking Rosemary Ivory brushes, Silver Brush Bristlon brights and also Silver Brush Grand Prix filberts right now.
Bring your easel, odorless solvent, paper towels, trash bag, palette (if paper, use grey, not white).