Essential Palette

Titanium White
Ivory Black (for grey scale studies)

Cerulean Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue

Cadmium Red Light
Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Yellow Lemon
Yellow Ochre

Burnt Sienna
Raw Umber
Burnt Umber
Paynes Grey

useful (optional) additions    

Cadmium Yellow
Naples Yellow Light
Yellow Ochre Pale
Cadmium Orange
Oxide of Chromium Green
Sap Green

Gamblin Portland Grey Deep
Gamblin Portland Grey Medium
Gamblin Portland Grey Light

 *Brand of paint is up to you. The only brand requirement for class is the Gamblin Portland Grey series



For Plein Air Workshops

Brush preference is very subjective so use what you feel the most comfortable with. Here’s what I use but don’t feel you have to get these in order to paint next weekend. If you’re comfortable with your current brushes, feel free to use them at our workshop.

‘Ivory’ series from Rosemary and Company Flats & Filberts
Size 2, 4, 6, 8

Utrecht Synthetic
Flats Sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

Windsor Newton Monarch
Flat & Filberts Size 2, 4, 6, 8

Windsor Newton University Series Rounds Size 2,4   

I would recommend visiting Rosemary and Co. Artist Brushes site and buying from there. The value, quality, and prices are great. Try the ‘ivory’ and ‘sable’ lines. 

For Fundamentals of Landscape Painting Class
Same as above but we'll be working on bigger sized canvases and panels so you can make sure to add some larger brushes to your arsenal. A #10 and #12 flat and filbert are good additions. 

For Figure and Portrait Classes
Same as above but I would add some Windsor & Newton University brushes in sizes 2 and 4. 




For Plein Air Workshops

I prefer to paint on a rigid surface like panel or even better, linen mounted on panel. I've used the Centurion Oil Primed DLX panels and found them quite lovely to paint on. Stretched canvas is more prone to accidents while transporting and sometimes the sun shines thru it  which can change what the colors look like making it generally more frustrating to work with.
There are lots of panel carriers on the market which help with safe transport of wet paintings.

For this 3-day workshop please have:

    • One 16x20 canvas panel. We’ll tape off small sections of these to do studies on so this panel doesn’t have to be expensive

    • Two panels no bigger than 12x16. I usually work on 9x12 and 11x14 

    • *OPTIONAL- Arches Oleo Paper. I tape these to a 16x20 panel for oil sketches. It’s ready to paint on as is but I prefer to coat it with two coats of gesso 

For Fundamentals of Landscape Painting Class
Same as above but you prepare some larger canvases for use when we paint indoors and one 18x24 canvas for the master copy. 

For Figure and Portrait Classes 
For block-ins and practice: 
Blick Studio Canvas Panels are fine however I highly recommend coating them with two additional coats of gesso. Have sizes 11x14 and 16x20. You can purchase these in packs of 5. 

Long poses and multi-week paintings:
I usually recommend students work on higher quality canvas, linen boards, or wood panels for these long poses. Have sizes 11x14 and 16x20.



For *all Workshops and Classes

You don’t have to use any medium except a bit of Gamsol to thin the paint. But, if you want to experiment, the mixture below is a good starting medium. You can try it out and adjust according to preference.

1/3 Gamsol
1/3 Refined Linseed Oil
1/3 Liquin



ALL classes and workshops please have:

  • A leak-proof container for your gamsol

  • Lint free rags and Viva Paper towels

  • Plastic bags for your garbage

  • Nitrile or Latex Gloves (optional but helpful)

  • Sketchbook - spiral bound ones work well for holding with one hand while drawing with the other

  • Graphite Pencils (H and HB will do)

  • Blue Painters tape

  • *OPTIONAL: Grey Scale Markers in 10,20,40,60, 80


Plein Air and portable easels are a  completely personal preference however, it’s important that you use something that’s light and easy to transport. French easels are great but they’re really heavy and clunky especially if you’re walking a bit to a site. There are many more lightweight solutions. I’ll be happy to provide you with some links to explore. Just ask…