Oil or Acrylic Supplies
An easel : It is better to work upright than flat since your proportions will be off slightly when looking down on a flat surface. There are many types of plein air easels to choose from.
Portable easel/equipment: Your supplies should fit in a lightweight bag or backpack and be light enough for you to carry (or have on wheels) when working outdoors.
_ Serious about painting? Easels include: Open Box M, Guerilla, EasyL, Strada, SunEden, Coulter, Soltek, etc. are good brands. Questions? Let's talk.
I have the OpenBox M (12” x 16”), Easy L (11” x 14”) and Guerilla (8” x 10”) and even a homemade easel that I add to the tripod that I bought at a local A & F art store and then altered it a bit. If you will be painting outside often then the investment is worth it.
_Beginners? Easels include: Any of the above. On a budget?
Cheapest and Lightest Option for extreme beginners- a tripod like easel that holds your canvas. You will have to hold on to your palette while painting or have a stool.
342 Lightweight Easel with stone bag $29.99 click here
Traditional French Easels like the ones that Monet and Renoir used. click here for A & F of Sarasota $115. This also contains the box to hold your paints and your wooden palette. It folds up and is ready to carry.
Mixing palette – wooden palette or gray toned paper- 11” x 14” approx.
I like either the wooden palette or glass (in the studio) that I clean off well after use. On location, I often use gray paper. If using acrylic, you can use the stay wet palette to store paints. It has a cover to keep paint wet. I prefer slow dyring acrylic like OPEN Golden Acrylic.
You may bring any color palette you are comfortable with using. I use the basic palette listed below.
Using fewer tubes is less to carry and provides good color mixtures. Gamblin Artists Colors are my favorite oils. Golden Open Acrylics are a favorite acrylic because they stay wet longer than regular acrylics and the colors are most like oil paints.
Oils. Limited palette. Two of each primary (one warm, one cool)
Cadmium Yellow Light Indian yellow
Cadmium Red Naphol Red (or Permanent Crimson Red)
Pthalo Blue (optional) Paynes Gray
Gamblin Solvent Free Gel (if working in oil)
Similar colors as oil. I prefer Golden Open Acrylics.
Golden Open Acrylic Gel Gloss (if working in acrylic)
ADDED Colors (—NOT required for class)
These additional colors can be added. . You do NOT need to buy any of these colors. I am asked what else I use so here is that list.
Cad Yellow Medium
Cad Orange Deep
Radiant Turquoise (on occasion)
Radiant Blue (great for the sky)
Radiant Red (great for pink buildings)
Use good long handled brushes and not old worn out brushes. I use a variety of synthetic, bristle, flats (favorite) and rounds (smaller brushes) to achieve different shapes and edges. The better the brushes the easier it is.
Rosemary Brushes - flats are my favorite. Make sure you have some larger brushes #12, 10, 8, 6, 2
Several styles of palette knives for mixing or painting with.
Canvas panels (not stretched canvases) are easier when painting en plein air. You can use either canvas or panels when at home. Ampersand is my personal favorite for panels.
8x10, 9x12 and 11x14 panels are great for outdoors, depending on your easel, how fast you paint and your level.
SunEden Artist’s Gear Wet canvas carriers (for traveling)
Plein Air umbrella (optional if outdoors)
Small sketchpad of mid toned gray pastel paper or larger sheets cut smaller. White charcoal pencil, black charcoal pencil or regular pencil, eraser
ViewCatcher (gray plastic crop/view finder tool) available at most art store
Baby oil for cleaning oil brushes. Soap and water for acrylic.
Gamblin Solvent Free Gel (for oil painting makes the paint dry more rapidly for ease in packing)
Not allowed for travel: Gamsol Artists’ Grade Odorless Mineral Spirits are NOT allowed if TRAVELING BY PLANE or cruiseship. DO NOT PACK AND BRING. IT IS ILLEGAL TO BRING OMS ON FLIGHTS.
Do not use contractor-grade OMS that is available at hardware stores. It is not good for you, people around you, or your paints!
Paper towels and trash bags
Be comfortable outdoors:
Dress in layers, or bring a change of clothes, and adjust as the weather changes
Wear neutral-colored top or jacket to avoid reflections on your canvas
Hat or a visor. I like a wide brimmed hat to keep much sun off.
Sunscreen Bug spray
Bring plenty of bottled water
Pastel Supply List with Linda Richichi
_ Canson large sheets mid tone – (not too light and not real dark).
Gray tones, Aubergine or Sand are my favorites. Available in most art
_ Foam core Board (one or two depending on what size you work in.)
_ Clips to hold pastel paper
Charcoal Sticks – Soft or medium (optional) I use the pastel to draw
• Paper towels and trash bags
If you are a beginner, the first set I recommend is the Nupastel set. This set is on the harder side, good for laying the foundation down and ok as a nice selection of colors for the very beginner. It may be found locally in smaller sets. The more the better if this is the only set. I prefer these only to draw initially with. I prefer softer pastels to build up with.
Sennelier makes fine pastels. Opt for half sticks rather than full sticks as they have a tendency to break and crumble if you get the regular size sticks and travel with them. At home, the regular size sticks are wonderful. I recommend the nupastel for the initial layout and Sennelier’s half sticks that for the top layers as you become more familiar with working with pastel.
If you opt for both, you are fine with a smaller set of Nupastel.
Prismacolor NuPastel - Set of 36 or less - Assorted Colors
Sennelier Soft Pastel - Set of 80 Half Sticks - Plein Air Landscape Colors
Sennelier Soft Pastel - Set of 120 Half Sticks - Paris Collection
Paper of a higher quality:
Sennelier La Carte Pastel Paper 12-Sheet Pad 9.5x12.5 - (Assorted Colors). Exclusively for dry pastels, do not wet.
Uart sanded paper (light yellowish) You can wet this with a watercolor wash underneath the initial layers.
No larger than 9 x 12 (only if you buy the 8” x 10” cigar box)
You may buy larger sizes and cut them down. Cut the 2 foam boards just slightly larger than paper size you choose and sandwich pastel paper between the two foam boards and clip them together.
How to make a Drawing Board for pastels-
You want a piece of foam core as the bottom layer and a top piece to sandwich in, cover and protect your pastel paper (and completed works). Clips works best to hold it shut. Use two pieces slightly larger than the paper size you will work on are then taped on one side and clipped on three sides.
Put several sheets of paper between the foam core before taping the foam core to hold the paper. Use this as your drawing board. Simply open the top take out several sheets of your paper to work on (the extra adds some cushion) and then close your folder back up. Clip the paper (with the extra sheets under it and clip on three sides so it doesn’t move).
Cut paper to a standard size 8 “ x 10” , 9” x 12”, 11” x 14” , 16” x 20” or the paper size is 19 ½ x 24 (make it an 18” x 24” instead). What ever size you choose, you will want the foam core to be slightly larger (the exact size on the top and bottom to protect your paper).
Glassine paper or tracing paper between each sheet will protect your pastels from smudging.
Easel : If working indoors, a table easel will do.
If investing in an easel that you can also use outdoors to plein air paint, ask me and I'll email you my favorites or look under the oil painting supplies for ideas.
Any questions, ask me!