All of your supplies should fit comfortably in one bag or backpack and be lightweight enough for you to carry on your own. The following list allows for easy transporting of materials. You will be emailed “packing for the flight” tips upon registration.
Portable painting easel or pochade such as OpenBox M or Soltek. If you do not currently own portable equipment, please email me for more information.
Wooden (or other neutral-toned) mixing palette (Do not use white, disposable palette pages!)
Oil Paints (please pay particular attention to the brands listed):
You may bring any color palette you are comfortable with using. I use a basic palette, limiting my colors to the following specific brands. Using fewer tubes of paint lightens my backpack and provides dependable color mixtures.
Cad Red Deep Hue (Winton #6)
Ultramarine Blue (Winton #21)
Cad Yellow Medium (Gamblin)
Titanium White (Gamblin, Grumbacher, or other)
About half-dozen, high quality, bristle brushes in sizes 4-10. I suggest filberts, flats or a mixture of the two. Do not bring small brushes!!!
My preference is Silver Brush Grand Prix or Escoda Chungking.
Several styles of palette knives
Bring canvas panels (not stretched canvases). Depending on your level of experience and how fast you paint, bring 8x10, 9x12, or 12x16 panels, two or three for each day. Visit www.windriverarts.com or www.raymarart.com for high quality panels.
Small sketchpad and pencil
EMPTY, sealable, non-breakable, spill-proof (clamp-lid) container for mineral spirits (such as the metal Anderson, Holbein, or Martin Universal)
Liquin (optional, makes the paint dry more rapidly for ease in packing)
Wet canvas carrier such as a Panel Roo (email email@example.com), as a part or your pochade box, or disposable, cardboard ones.
Mineral Spirits (MS) will be purchased on location. DO NOT PACK AND BRING. IT IS ILLEGAL TO BRING OMS ON FLIGHTS.
Paper towels and plastic grocery bags (for trash) can be purchased on location.
Sense of humor
LIST OF SUGGESTED READING:
Anything on Sergei Bongart, Joaquín Sorolla, or John Singer Sargent
Fill Your Paintings with Light and Color, Kevin D. Macpherson ISBN 1581800533
Brushwork, Emile A. Gruppe, ISBN 0823005259
Composition of Outdoor Painting, Edgar Payne ISBN 0944699022
Distributed by DeRu's Fine Arts 949-376-3785
Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting, John F. Carlson, ISBN 0844661023
Other wonderful books to read and collect:
My Brush with History, Everett Raymond Kinstler,