Plein Air Supply List

When painting outdoors (en plein air), these are the supplies I take with me. However, feel free to use what you are accustomed to. 

  • Dress accordingly. Check the local weather forecast. I recommend dressing in layers (in cold weather), with a neutral-colored shirt/coat.
  • Supplies: if you don’t have supplies, contact Tim immediately so he can reserve a set for you ($30 payable at the session). You can also view this list at dickblick.com by clicking here. Otherwise, run through this list to ensure you’re ready to go:
    • Portable easel
    • Canvas/panel/paper for paint on.  Recommended size:  aprox 8×10″ to 12×16″. Gessoed panels are great for oils.
    • Paints. I will be working and demonstrating in oils. You’re welcome to work in your favorite medium of choice.
    • Palette: wood with a nice patina or plexiglas.
    • Painting medium: optional. A variety exist to improve the flow of your paints. Follow the fat-over-lean principle for long-lasting paintings. 
    • Solvent to clean brushes (oil: odorless mineral spirits; watercolor/acrylic: water. TIP: in winter, you can add alcohol to your water to keep it from freezing).
    • Brushes: I use hog bristle filberts #2, 4, 6, and 8 and a flat #4 and 6 for landscapes.
    • Palette knife: I use a thin diamond-shaped knife, about 2″ long x .5″ wide. 
    • Paper Towels
    • Hat to shade from the sun’s glare
    • Small trash bag for soiled towels
    • Insect repellent
    • Folding chair if needed
    • Snack, bottled water
    • Sense of humor
    • Most of the supplies above can be purchased at DickBlick.com. Click here to view supplies: Ready-to-order Plein Air Painting Supply List. Printable list of supplies.
  • Wet paintings: be sure to have a shallow cardboard box in your car to keep your painting safely secure when traveling home. Here are a few wet canvas carrier options:

Questions? Please feel free to contact the studio.

Tim Chambers

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