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Workshops Supply List

Botanical Landscape Painting: Workshop with Artist Michael Ross:

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Art Supply List:

5x7 mini sketchbook (Strathmore or other brand)
11x14 sketchbook
Assortment of pens (I prefer Micron #1 and #3, “brush pens,” and “calligraphic pens”)
Assortment of colored pencils (they smudge less than pencils)
Pencil sharpener
Portable field easel/French easel
A small, lightweight, foldable three-legged chair
Linseed oil 8oz
Stand oil 4oz
2 cans (empty cleaned out tuna can is ideal), or similar
Paint rags: 20-25 rags cut to about 8x10 inches (old sheets, t-shirts, etc are ideal)
Hand lotion - this helps in cleaning oil paint off of your hands.
Weather-proof jacket or poncho

Variety of brushes, including:
2x #2 Flat (I like Princeton 6300 series for Filberts and Flats)
2x #2 Filbert
2x #8,10, or 12 Flat
2x #8,10, or 12 Filbert
1x small, fine-tipped round brush
2-3x paint chip-brushes from a hardware store, variety of sizes
palette knife, one small and one large

Plywood palette, disposable palette, or foamboard palette. Foamboard is much lighter. Cut foamboard to about 12x14” and cut out a thumb-hole. Gesso or seal the foamboard so oil paint doesn’t absorb into it.

2-3x canvas or panel, about 18x24.” We will likely only finish one painting, but bring at least two, and make them different sizes. Use a higher-quality canvas or linen, or make your own.

Oil paint:
The cheapest decent-quality paint is Utrecht brand. The best in my opinion is Williamsburg, but there’s no need to buy the cheaper earth colors from an expensive brand. Small tubes are fine but get more or larger tubes of white and yellow.

Colors come down to personal preference, but here is a rough-guide:
Titanium White (large tube or 2-3 smaller tubes)
Burnt Umber
Burnt Siena
Yellow Ochre or Gamblin’s “Gold Ochre”
Lemon Yellow or other cool yellow
A warmer “Chrome” or “Cadmium” yellow. Note that true cadmiums (not cadmium “hue”) is rather toxic. Chrome is a fine alternative.
Indian Yellow (this is really closer to an orange)
Red: Scarlet Lake by Winsor & Newton or Cadmium Red Hue by Utrecht.
Dark red/violet, often called Quinacridone, Magenta, or Rose
Sap green (dark green)
Green: a neutral/standard green by any brand
Teal blue-green. I like Williamsburg “Turquoise” and Utrecht “Permanent Green Light”
King’s blue by Williamsburg
Pthalo Blue
Ultramarine Blue

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