You will be painting with a combination of Alkyd and artist oils made more fluid with a painting medium and odorless turpentine.
Below is the list of supplies you will need to bring as well as additional recommended supplies. I will be providing each of you with a gessoed board, transfer paper, painting medium, odorless turpentine, brush soap, shop towels, gloves and visual tools for a lab fee of $50. Additionally, I will have a few items for sale. **
Please note- Sedona is a small town and good art supplies are not readily available. The closest art store is a good 4-5 hr round trip. Please come prepared!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by email: Jody Florman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The reason we use a mix of Alkyd and Artist oil paints is for the following reasons: Alkyd paints are stiff, without great saturated pigment, are more durable and dry very quickly. Good quality Artist Oils are much more fluid, more pigment saturated and much slower drying. When combined together you get a lovely mix of paint that dries more quickly and is more durable. Good paints are an investment in your art and yourself and make painting easier.
Artist Oils- http://wonderstreet.com/blog/how-to-choose-a-brand-of-oil-paint
I cannot stress enough how important it is to purchase a good quality artist oil. The colors stay true over time, creamy, easy paint texture, good pigment load, no oily mess and a tube can last a long, long time. I predominantly use Old Holland.
Paint list: for oils and alkyds. Buy one tube of artist oil and one in Alkyd (See links above)
Cadmium red light
Cadmium yellow light
Cadmium yellow medium
A range of greens
Van Dyke Brown
Yellow lake- brown shade
Brushes- Again, working with a good brush rather than a cheap one (not always exclusive from one another) makes painting much easier. I remember when I used my first great oil painting brush. It changed my life! I could not believe how much better my paintings became when I stopped fighting my brushes.
Hogs hair natural bristle brushes. These will be your main brushes. Long handle
Robert Simmons Signet series, Silver series, Grumbacher, Gainsborough (or similar): flat and filbert #2, #4(2), #6(2), #8. Round for tight spaces #0, #1, #2. One larger flat for background. #12 0r #14
Blenders/pouncers- These brushes soften edges, blend colors. Loew Cornell, Maxine Mop, Princeton series 3750 or any pliable, full brush that has a bit of spring and stiffness, though not too much. (Traditional watercolor mops are too floppy and hogs hair is too stiff) 1/4?, 3/8?, ½?, ¾?, 1?
Brushes for Acrylic: Flat: #10, #12 and possibly a smaller round: #1, #4
Most Synthetic brushes will work. These will only be for use with the Acrylic paint
2 small glass, or metal containers- one for your turpentine and one for your medium.
1 larger container for water (peanut butter jar or similar)
Small containers can be gotten at an art store or ordered online.
I prefer a clear glass palette because you can place a sheet of board the color of your background underneath it and your color mixing becomes more accurate.
You can get a small piece of tempered glass from a glass company or buy a glass palette online.
Alternatively, the wax palettes will be fine and are easier if traveling.
Single edged razor blade scraper tool to clean your palette and extra blade- Can be gotten at Home Depot or
A single palette knife, for mixing your paint on your palette. Medium length, not too pointed is preferable.
Optional- Ink- blue or brown
You can develop your underpainting with an ink wash if you choose.
Pencil, sharpener, white chalk pencil (no colored pencils as they contain wax)
This will keep your hogs hair brushes from drying out and becoming brittle. You never wash a hogs hair brush with water.
Plain white cotton knit rags, for cleaning your brushes
If traveling, it is advisable to put your paints in double Ziplock bags and put them at the bottom of the suitcase. It keeps everything neat and tidy and they are easy for security to see into.
Clip on lights
If you want more light than overhead lighting you can purchase goose neck clip on LED lights. Ikea has small ones that you can get online and will easily fit in a suitcase or check amazon.com.
1-2 additional items to paint in case the piece we are doing in class does not dry in a timely fashion. Something simple and nature oriented.
Make sure your reference photos are what you want your finished work to look like. Great reference material is key to a good painting.
I will have gessoed boards available for sale, if need arises.
** Traveling with Flammable liquids is illegal. Security will open your suit case and confiscate them and possibly your oil paints.
It is OK to put oil paints, in tubes, in your checked luggage. Place your oil paints in double Ziplock bags and place them inside your suit case. You should have no problem getting your paints here.