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 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 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 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 box in your car to keep your painting safely secure when traveling home.
Questions? Please contact me.