Plein Air Supply List
Below is a recommended palette for Oil and Acrylic painters. At the very least you’ll want to include a large tube of each of the primary colors plus White. Any professional grade will do!
Titanium White (large tube)
Cobalt Blue #
Transparent Red Oxide (Rembrandt)
Cadmium Yellow Medium*
Sap Green #
Cold Gray (Rembrandt) #
# optional colors
Flats, Brights, or Filberts recommended for the majority of the work. Have a good range of sizes: 2,6,8,10,12 but make sure to include your BIG brushes (12+)!. A small round is also recommended. Bristle Brushes work for Canvas but softer synthetic brushes are better for smoother panels. If in doubt use a mix of both.
At least 8 canvas (or linen) panels --OR-- 5 primed/sealed or gessoed panels (MDF).** Two per day
Recommended sizes between 8x10 and 12x16.
**I’ll be using quarter-inch MDF panels sized with Lineco Acid-Free glue and then primed/sealed with B-I-N from Zinsser
Palette Knife (preferably with a long angled edge for mixing paint)
Paper Towels and Small trash bags
Odorless Turpenoid or Gamsol and brush cleaning container (i.e. coffee can)
Lightweight Easel - I recommend a Field Easel or Pochade box (The Prolific, Strada, Open Box M, Guerrilla
Painter, Soltek, etc.). A Julian French Easel (half-box) is a bit cumbersome but will also be acceptable. Most Field Easels also require a sturdy tri-pod (camera tripod with a large mounting plate).
Additional Items to Consider:
Backpack Neutral-Colored Clothing (bright colors reflect)
Sun Hat or Painters Umbrella Dress in Layers
Sunscreen Hand Cleaner (Fast Orange)
Carlson’s Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson