Monday, August 3, 2015

Plein air Suggested Supply List

Plein air Suggested Supply List

New to plein air?  Here are a few tips to help get you started.


Easel - one that is easy to carry 

Palette - wooden palette that you can clip to your easel  is preferred - or disposable. I use a 12 x 16 that fits in my wet canvas carrier.

Wet canvas carrier

Paints - I suggest a simple palette to start with

White - a big tube, Cool red and blue.  Warm red and blue

Cad Yellow light or something similar. Any other colors that make you happy. I typically use Alizarin Red, Hansa Yellow Light, Phalo Blue or Ultramarine,Colbalt Blue or Hue, Sap Green, Cad Orange and Paynes Gray.

A variety of panels or canvases to work on 9 x 12, 12x 12, 12 x 16, etc...

If working in oils you will mix a lot of your colors. If working in acrylic, you might bring more pre mixed colors to help with dry time. Also a retarder and spray bottle for misting the color and a container for water to clean brushes

Paper towels


Brushes and palette knife of your choice

Brush cleaner and container with a tight lid to keep from spilling

Any medium you use to thin your paint. 

Bottled water and a snack.

Chair and or table only if you want to carry it!


Sunscreen and bug spray

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