Painting the Sedona Light at Tlaquepaque – Plein Air Workshop
With Gretchen Lopez
Hi and greetings all, I am so excited about this workshop, and want to get this supply list off to you. The key is to try to keep everything consolidated!
Remember, this is a list of suggested supplies, and you may have some of the supplies already!
Centurion Canvas Panels– much more portable and light weight. Please bring 6, no smaller than 8×10 and no larger than 12×16. There are two kinds, the ones for traditional oils are oil primed. The other is primed with gesso which is good for acrylics and water mixable oils. You can order these through www.jerrysartarama.com.
Panel paks– to carry wet panels, go to www.panelpak.com. These are great and light weight! You can carry two wet panels face to face!!
Tube paints- Traditional oils, water mixable oils, and acrylic– 2 tubes of Ultramarine blue, Cerulean blue, 2 tubes of titanium white, Indian yellow, Cadmium yellow light, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium red light, Quinacridone magenta, burnt sienna and two tubes of burnt umber. Please keep these tubes small, 37 ml.
Painting Mediums– if you are painting in traditional oils I recommend Solvent Free Gel and Galkyd Slow Dry from Gamblin and Gamblin’s Gamsol instead of regular turpentine. If you prefer to work with water mixable oils, Artisan brand from Windsor and Newton make an excellent “Painting Medium”. Duo Aqua makes a wonderful fast drying paste for water mixable oils. This paste not only adds a slight gloss to your painting, but, it speeds up the drying time and preserves brush strokes. Purchase these from Jerry’s Artarama.
Brushes – Synthetic hog bristle #2, 4, 8, and 10 flats. A 2” background brush. #2 6 and 8 filberts.
Containers- small metal container for Gamsol or odorless turp. Plastic container for your water for water mixable paints.
Metal Palette knives– one for mixing paint, and one for applying and painting with! For painting, I prefer a diamond shaped blade either 1” or 1”-1/2.
Extras- paper towels or rags, trash bag, handi wipes to clean your brushes
Paint Box Set ups for Plein air painting-
I have been using the “Sienna Paint Box” which is 11 x 13, and have been quite happy with it. Shop around, and see what works for you. The “Sienna” takes a good beating though, has a built-in palette and side table for brushes. The downer, it will not house your tubes of paint. That’s okay for me though, there’s room on the palette for the paint, and I transferred left over paint to a container. It’s available from the following: Jerry’s Artarama and Madison Art supplies. Be sure to purchase the appropriate tripod for the paint box you choose.
Judson’s Outfitters has quite a selection of “Gueriila” plein air kits, I have the little cigar box which holds two 8×10 canvas panels and the “French Resistance Easel” which can accommodate different sizes of panels on up to 12×16.
There’s the “Strada” plein air set up, which is entirely metal, it is a bit weighty with a price tag to match, but some of my students were using them in Spain, and like them!
Backpack or trolley for your supplies
Some areas may require us to use a shade umbrella- I use Bes Brella and purchased mine online through Amazon. Judsons has some reasonable ones too! Camp stool if you would like one, especially if you choose to sit while painting, I recommend the Roll a Chair from Camp Time! It’s a comfortable and light weight camp chair, and the seat height is perfect.
Please also bring appropriate shoes, hat, water bottle, and drawing materials!