Plein Air Supply List

When painting outdoors (en plein air), these are the supplies I take with me. When attending my plein air sessions, I recommend using the same. However, if you are used to working with a different set of materials, 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 ($35 payable at session). You can also view this list at 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 demonstrating in oils. You’re welcome to work in your favorite medium of choice. Click here for a list of paints/supplies I use for landscape painting.
    • Palette: wood with a nice patina or plexiglas.
    • Medium to thin paints
    • 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, and 6 and a flat #4 for landscapes.
    • Palette knife: I use a thin diamond-shaped knife, about 1.5″ long x .5″ wide.
    • Paper Towels
    • Hat to shade from sun
    • Small trash bag for soiled towels
    • Insect repellent
    • Folding chair if needed
    • Snack, beverage
    • Sense of humor
    • Most of the supplies above can purchased at 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 contact me.

Tim Chambers

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