This is the short list of tools and gear you ought to bring for every paint out. Lots more could be added but don’t forget these!
- Portable “French” easel or other comparable easel.
- Palette (usually comes with the easel) or other mixing area
- 11×14 to 16×20 stretched canvases, canvas panels, or boards
- Disposable latex surgical gloves for skin protection (Available at Ace Hardware)
- Large palette cups to hold painting medium
- Brush washer stainless container
- Suggested list of oil paints in tubes: cadmium yellow medium, yellow ochre, cadmium red medium, alizarin crimson permanent, pthalo blue, french ultramarine, viridian hue, burnt sienna, lamp black, titanium white
- Brushes: A mix of rounds and filbert bristle brushes in various sizes. You don’t need to spend a lot on brushes. I prefer the very cheapest bristle brushes.
- Medium: Galkyd, Walnut Oil or Refined Linseed oil, Odorless Mineral Spirits, not turpentine
- Roll of paper towels. You will use a lot of paper towels, so choose the “Select-a-size” variety.
- Two large, trowel-shaped palette knives
- Matte with 4″ X 6″ opening or a viewer (optional, but handy) for isolating your view
- Red plastic viewer for checking values (optional)
- Trash receptacle: Disposable paper or plastic bag for your used paper towels
- A wet canvas carrier of some kind. You can make your own out of a cardboard box or purchase one online.
- Painting umbrella
- sunscreen, bottle of water, snack
- Hat with broad brim
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