Michael Lynch Materials List
Keep it as light and portable as possible. Light weight and easy to carry. Backpacks are great.
Everyone has colors and manufacturers that they prefer when choosing their palette. We use a range of colors that involves a “warm” and “cool” hue each of yellow, red, green and blue as well as two earth colors. Generally, Winsor Newton and Holbein are pretty dependable manufacturers. Utrecht is usually the least expensive and makes a solid Yellow Ocher, Cerulean Blue [Hue] and Cadmium Yellow Light and Cad Orange. Avoid their other colors on this list.
Earth Colors Yellow Ochre
Yellows Cadmium Lemon [cool]
Cadmium Yellow Light [warm]
Reds Alizarin, or Rose Madder [cool]
Cadmium Orange [warm]
Greens Viridian [cool]
Sap Green [warm]
Blues Cerulean Blue Hue [cool]
Ultramarine Blue [warm]
White Titanium White
Primed linen canvas in a variety of smaller sizes, especially 6x8, 8x10, and 9x12. Figure on doing two paintings a day. You can bring canvas mounted on panels [available commercially – and expensively – from SourceTek, or made yourself] or stretched canvas. If the latter, make sure you have a backing on your easel that keeps the sun from shining through from behind.
Claessens oil-primed linen canvas [#13 for small canvases, #15 or #66 for larger work, single or double primed] is the one we prefer above others.
BRUSHES and PALETTE KNIVES
Bring a variety of brushes in various sizes. Bristle, mongoose or badger, watercolor mops, whatever you feel comfortable working with. A good selection of sizes and types will allow you to explore what it’s like to put paint on the canvas and manipulate it using different tools to create different effects.
This is true of palette knives, too, when it comes to putting on or taking off paint. Several in the small to larger range [2” or so] should do.
It’s always suggested that one never try bringing new [unfamiliar] equipment on an expedition. This certainly holds true for outdoor painting.
- Bring a French easel [half or full-size], or a tripod and pochad box, or whatever rig you’re comfortable painting with outside.
- A portable palette [such as an “Easel Pal”] or similar set-up that allows you to put out paint and cover it for the night is very convenient.
- An umbrella can be helpful at times, but often causes as much hassle as it prevents, whether from difficulties setting up or wind-related accidents. We don’t use them.
- A knapsack or canvas bag with:
- Baseball cap or other brimmed painting hat
- Small sketchpad and pencils/charcoal
- Paper Towels
- Mineral Spirits
- Can/container for mineral spirits
- Plastic wrap for covering paint overnight
- Bug Spray
- Some container for transporting and storing wet paintings
- Comfortable dark or neutral clothing that doesn’t reflect on the canvas