Basic Plein Air Set-up:

Compact as possible-

French easel…or comparable.

Solvent container 

Palette Knife

Rags or Paper towels

Medium: Graham’s Walnut Alkyd Medium  ( a non-toxic fast drying medium  - recommended for the studio work…otherwise whatever you are used to outside is fine)


I’ve listed the colors below that I use on my palette, however

It’s not mandatory that you use these. (feel free to use what is familiar). 

  Ivory Black

  Ultramarine Blue 

  Viridian Hue (Holbein Brand)

  Transparent Red Oxide. (Rembrandt)…or Burnt Sienna)

  Quinacridone Red or Alizarin Crimson 

  Permanent Red Medium (Rembrandt.. or  Cad Red Light (or Cadmium Scarlet)

  Golden Ochre (or yellow ochre pale)

  Cadmium Yellow Light  (or Cadmium Lemon) 

  Titanium White



 ( A well maintained assortment that contains some of the following:), 

HOG BRISTLE:: Filberts, Flats, and Rounds- #4,#6,#8…..with one larger flat 

SOFT SYNTHETIC OR NATURAL HAIR Brights, 1/8”, 1/4”,  Flat; #1


 Panels or Canvas:

 (Bring the size that you are comfortable with

and to suit your travel needs)

2-3 small  panels  11x14 to 14 x 18, for field work 

1 Larger Panel:  12 x 16 to 18 x 24, for studio painting 


I currently use oil primed linen panels with a  smooth or medium tooth – (New Traditions Art Panels, C-15 or C-12- portrait linens mounted on board)…For the purpose of the workshop feel free to use cheaper panels. (I will discuss panels and supplies during the workshop).


For the larger studio work bring what is convenient for traveling purposes and whatever your comfort zone on size.. If you choose to use the cheap canvas boards….try adding a layer or two of gesso to them to build up (and vary) the surface. 








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