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My palette
The wood sides are useful to contain the paint but aren't necessary.  You can buy a piece of glass (about 11X14 is good), back it with a piece of neutral gray paper or mat board and then with a piece of masonite or thin plywood and then wrap duct tape around the edges to hold it all together.  It is easy to clean with a razor blade scraper and a quick wipe with a little alcohol.

CANVAS - ESSENTIAL -Good quality OIL OR LEAD PRIMED LINEN canvas, or boards.  9 x 12, 11 x 14 or any small to medium size you are comfortable with.  This is VERY IMPORTANT as you will not be able to apply washes and “lift” paint on cotton or acrylic canvas. Dick Blick or Utrecht oil primed linen is very poor quality and I don’t recommend them . I would get either New Centurion Deluxe oil primed linen panels, or New Traditions L600 on either birch or gatorboard.   Also fine is Centurian OP DLX Pad.

Click here for instructions for my "do-it-yourself" panels

MEDIUM -I don’t use much medium, but when I do I use traditional Meyer’s medium (5 part real distilled turpentine, not Gamsol,  1 part damar varnish, 1 part stand oil).  Anything you like to use is fine.

SOLVENT - Gamsol, with a large container to clean brushes.  It’s very important to keep brushes clean while painting and you cannot do this with a tiny container.

PAPER TOWELS   - VIVA ONLY!!  Please note - Viva is making a new product similar to Bounty.  Make sure you get the old “cloth” type.



PALETTE - a glass palette is highly recommended - Paper palettes make it very difficult to keep your paint clean.  If you visit my website select Workshops and Demos and then Workshop Supply list, there is a photo of the palette I use and instructions for making a simple one.

PAINT-  These (plus more) are the paints I use.  If you already have lots of paint, please don’t think you need to go out and buy all of these.  The most important are the Rembrandt Transparent oxide red, Viridian, and Transparent Oxide Brown.

Titanium White (any good brand, I use LeFranc or Michael Harding)

           Rembrandt - viridian, ultramarine deep, cobalt blue, transparent oxide red, transparent oxide brown,, cad yellow deep. Optional- venetian red, stil de grain yellow

           Winsor Newton - terra rosa, alizarin permanent, cad. red,  cad yellow pale, yellow ochre pale, magenta, permanent rose

BRUSHES - These are a sampling of the brushes I use, - if you have your own good brushes please don’t feel you have to buy anything new.  However, once you’ve tried some of these, you will love them!  Really good brushes will make your painting experience so much more fun.  Rosemary Brushes offers a starter bundle of my preferred brushes.

I use only Rosemary brushes, found at  They come from England but usually arrive in 1½ weeks or less and shipping is inexpensive.

Mongoose   series 272,274,278,279 - variety of small to medium
        Series 275  3/8” angular
Ivory Dagger, ¼ inch 
For a fine point brush - Ivory round #2/0, #0
Ivory Long  Flats, some small (#2) and a couple of larger #4, #10)
And Series 77 Sables, various sizes.
Evergreen Flats - various sizes
Ultimate Bristles - flats or filberts, various medium to large sizes

The soft brushes are very important, and it’s good to have at least one larger one.  And again, please don’t feel that you have to buy all of these.

For Plein Air Classes :
Bug Spray
Stool (optional, for watching demo’s)
Good Plein Air setup - I use Open Box M.  Please test your setup before the workshop and make sure everything is in good working order - sturdy tripod legs with good catch/release.  Especially if your set up is brand new, it’s a good idea to try it out before the workshop.
I can’t stress enough how important comfort is when painting outside - your equipment will make a difference in having a good experience.