See Armand's Video
"Organizing the Palette"


Art Supplies and Recommended Reading List
for Studio & Outdoor Painting Workshops

Click here for Watercolor Class Materials

I supply this Materials List only as a suggestion to you.
Many students have their own preferred easels and supplies.
The following list is what I use and the vendors I have found to
provide quality goods at a reasonable price.
Do not feel you must have these exact materials...
although if the description calls for "airtight" or "artist grade"...please heed my advice!

As a successful painter, I carry a minimum of painting equipment,
allowing myself to set up & break down quickly---and paint more!.
Can you transport all your painting equipment and supplies in one trip?
If not, you're carrying too much stuff. ;-)
Tips about packing your gear on my blog...
Art & Influence

Don't wait until the last minute to order your supplies.
If you are painting for the first time, please take time to make sure
you know how to set up and break down your equipment for painting.


REFERENCE MATERIALS - FOR STUDIO CLASSES...
AND FOR RAINY DAYS DURING OUTDOOR CLASSES


Bring small sketches or photographs you have shot yourself.
Please do not bring photos that were shot by someone else.
Indoors, you will paint any size up to 16" x 20"



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TARPS

Some venues require a tarp to protect the floors for indoor classes...
and if we must paint indoors due to bad weather.
Sometimes a tarp is not required....so be sure to ask about this in advance.


EASELS & PALETTES

Bring a portable easel for Studio & Outdoor Workshops.
You'll be more familiar and comfortable with your own equipment.
Some workshop venues have equipment to rent or borrow.
Check with them, in advance, for rentals and loans.

Jullian Explorer or the Original Jullian French Easel
Art Supply Wholesale 1-800-995-6778
www.aswexpress.com

A wooden palette comes with the French easel or you can order a
French Companion from
Amazon.com


Armand has a piece of glass or plastic cut to fit the French Companion.
The French Companion does not come with glass.
Because his style of painting focuses on mixing accurate, clean color,
you must have a surface that can be cleaned every fifteen minutes or so
during the painting process.
Please---no paper palettes. This is key to learning to mix color properly.
Your palette should be made of glass, plastic or wood---not paper.

Some artists prefer Pochade boxes. These require a separate tripod.

Artwork Essentials 949-856-2196
Peggy will be happy to assist you
www.artworkessentials.com

 

Open Box M 1-800-473-8098
(be sure to talk with Coletta to get all the details)
www.openboxm.com





Take-It Easel
Contact Tobin


 

PAINTS, BRUSHES AND SOLVENTS

Use artist grade paints. Student grade paints are of inferior quality.



 

OIL PALETTE


Titanium White
Lemon Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Pale
Cadmium Yellow Light (If you buy Gamblin brand---this color is Cadmium Yellow Medium)
Cadmium Red Light
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Viridian



Gamblin: Artist Oil Color
Winsor Newton: Artist Oil Color
Old Holland
Rembrandt: Artist Quality Oil Color
Utretcht: Permanent Artist Color

If you do some research, you'll find many other Artist Grade paints.

 

PAINT BRUSHES - OIL PAINTING

I have switched to animal-friendly synthetic brushes for all my painting needs.
These are the brushes I recommend for Oil and Acrylic
Synthetic Bristle Flats sizes #4, #6, #8, #10, # 12
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You can find them at Jerry's Artarama

 

ACRYLIC PALETTE

Titanium White
Cadmium Yellow Lemon
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Red Light
Permanent Alizarin
Cobalt Blue
Utramarine Blue
Cobolt Green Deep


I recommend using quality acrylic paints such as
Old Holland New Masters Classic Acrylics, Golden Heavy Body Artists Acrylics, Maimeri Brera Artist Acrylics, Winsor Newton Professional Acrylics and Sennelier Extra Fine Artist Acrylics
Avoid inferior brands like Grumbacher.

Bring a spray bottle with water to keep the pigments wet.

 

PAINT BRUSHES - ACRYLIC PAINTING

I have switched to animal friendly synthetic brushes for all my painting needs.
These are the brushes I recommend for Oil and Acrylic:
Synthetic Bristle Flats sizes #4, #6, #8, #10, # 12

You can find them at Jerry's Artarama

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Because I paint everyday, I am concerned about my health.
I personally use only Gamsol odorless mineral spirits.
It is the best product on the market.

*****You must use Gamblin Gamsol or water-based oil paints in my Studio workshops.
Because of allergies and other health issues,
we cannot allow other mineral spirits or turps in the Studio.
Other solvents are inferior and have an odor.


DO NOT MIX GAMSOL WITH TURPENOID OR ANYTHING ELSE
"Gamsol is a highly purified form of odorless mineral spirit,
distilled at high temperature and purified of all aromatic components.
The purification process accounts for the price difference."
More information about Gamblin Gamsol


If you use water soluble oils, do NOT mix it with mediums in studio.
However, it IS alright to use Linseed Oil in the studio.
FYI...I do not personally use mediums.


BRUSH WASHER


***If you use solvent, you'll need an airtight container.
I recommend a high quality steel brush washer.
It is leak-proof, allowing you to store solvents without spills.
Make sure to buy the kind that has a removable lid....
those withnon-removable lids often tip over.
Dick Blick, Amazon.com and Jerry's Artarama usually have good prices on brush washers.

Bring a sealable container to dispose of your old solvent



CANVAS & PANELS


For Outdoor Painting Workshops---

Canvas Panels - 6" x 8" up to 12" x 16"
Be sure the panel will fit on your easel

For Studio Painting Workshops---
2 canvases per full day of painting
Bring canvas of the following size(s) that appeal to you:
8" x 10" up to 16" x 20"
Be sure the canvas will fit on your easel

 

Any store bought primed canvas will work for oil and acrylic painting.
I don't recommend toning your canvas before you paint.

Amazon.com
(This link directs to my recommended canvas page)

SourceTek: 800-587-5462
High quality canvas and linen panels. Ask for JoAnne or Will

Jerry's Artarama: 800-827-8478


PANEL CARRIERS

A great solution for carrying multiple panels is a wet panel carrier.
Avoid getting paint all over your car, house, etc.
Great for traveling and easy to carry.
In a pinch...a pizza box will do.



Some Resources:
Artwork Essentials

Open Box M



Amazon.com



ACCESSORIES

Utility Bag (always with me when painting)
Snacks and Bottled Water

Extra Paint
Brushes
Paper Towels...a lot of them!
Paint Scraper - You Probably own one already
Click here for recommendations

Small Sketch Pad and Pencil
Kitchen Size Garbage Bags with drawstring or some type of garbage bag with handles
(for paper towels, paint scrapings, etc.)



OUTDOOR PAINTING ATTIRE


> Dark or neutral color clothing is recommended to avoid glare on the canvas.
> Comfortable shoes/boots
> A hat with a large brim
> Dress for changing temperatures
> Sunscreen
> Insect repellent - for you, your clothes and your painting area
> Mosquito Netting


WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS

Only paid students may attend workshop.
For the benefit of all paid participants, husbands, wives, pets, children, friends, etc.
are not permitted to attend workshop.
If you are disabled, please contact me and we can arrange for your caregiver
to accompany you during the workshop.



Recommended Reading List

You'll notice many of the recommended books are about drawing.
The biggest challenge painters face is drawing.
Without good drawing skills, you'll never be an accomplished painter.

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