Kim English  June,  Cotopaxi

Mitch Baird  June, Cotopaxi

Don Demers, August, Cotopaxi

Lorenzo Chavez, September, Cotopaxi

Michael J Lynch, September, LaVeta

Teresa Vito, October, Pueblo




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Teresa Vito materials

Teresa Vito 

Materials List


You are welcome to use the colors that you are use to.

If you are new and wish to invest in just the basics, I have listed a limited palette that you can use to mix a wide variety of colors. You may also choose to pick up a few new ones to try from the list of colors I use-which is quite extensive.

You may use oils, water based oils, acrylics or pastels.


 Limited Palette

Burnt Sienna (I like Transparent Oxide Red)

Cadmium Yellow Lemon or Pale

Cadmium Yellow Deep

Cadmium Red Light

Alizarine Crimson (I like Quinacradone Violet)

French Ultramarine Blue

Titanium White


 My Palette

Raw Umber

Transparent Oxide Red (Rembrandt or Gamblin)

Winsor & Newton Terra Rosa

Yellow Ochre

Cadmium Yellow Lemon or Pale

Cadmium Yellow Medium

Cadmium Yellow Deep

Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Red Light

Winsor and Newton Permanent Rose (this is a quiacradone)

Quinacradone  Violet (Gamblin)

Dioxazine Purple

Ultramarine Blue

Cobalt Blue

Manganese Blue

Viridian Green

Cadmium green

Sap Green (Grumbacher Pre Tested-very dark and transparent)

Titanium White


CANVAS mounted on board or gator, or gessoed masonite (Golden Gesso is great)

Small sizes-8x10,9x12,  about nine or ten (you can use scraps and odd small sizes if you have some laying around) If you have some unmounted canvas, you can always cut it up and tape it to a board when you paint.

You can also use a large canvas and divide it up and paint a bunch of the studies on it.


One larger one for a 2 ½ day painting-14x18,16x20,18x24. You may also want to consider squares (18x18,20x20,24x24) or long skinnies (10x20, 12x24)



BRUSHES – I use a variety of sizes of Bristle Filberts 1/4 “ to 1” ( My favorites are Robert Simmons Signet 42 filberts-#4and#6 are my go to brushes-good quality and great price) Feel free to use flats, brights or rounds-what ever you like.

 I also use a variety of sizes of Mongoose Brights. These are softer hair (Isabey 6158-size 4,6 and 8 are good for small details up to #16 ) If you don’t want to buy a lot of them a lot ,get just #4or #6  for details. You can also use sable.

I also use a cheap hardware store bristle brush 1 ½” to 2’’ for backgrounds.

PAINTING KNIFES for texture and lines, small to medium

Odorless Turpentine and soft paper towels (I like Viva)

Plastic bags for garbage, a hat with a brim or visor-in case you have a glare.                             

EASEL a small travel easel, a pochade box or a frenchbox. I have an extra french box and can bring it. Also-after demoing, someone can use my 1/2 box.

WET PAINTING BOX you can make one out of foam core, make sure you have spacers cut to keep the paintings separate or figure out some way to carry your wet paintings. They sell cardboard ones on-line. Pizza boxes work-or stack with wax paper in between and tape them together so they do not rub.

Turpentine Holder-Holbein makes a great non-leaking one but is expensive. Silicoil is another that is glass with a metal coil in it to wipe your brushes against and to keep the brushes out of the dirty bottom. You can use a jar with a lid or go to a painting store and get an empty quart paint can. A lot of people put a plastic dish washing scrubby on the bottom to help with the cleaning and lifting the brush up and away from the dirty turp.


You might want to check out a View Catcher as it helps you see the composition or you can look through your camera lens, etc.


You can order your supplies on line at Jerry’s Artarama or Dick Blick . Locally at Meininger’s Art Supplies in Boulder, Colorado Springs or Denver.