~   CLASS SUPPLY LISTS   ~
 
Below you will find the supply lists for the four classes that I teach in the various locations that are listed on the classes page. If you have any questions about them (no question is stupid if there's something that you don't understand) or are having a hard time finding them, please feel free to get in touch with me via the contact page.
 
Venetian Painting Techniques
 

SUPPORT

  • 1 cotton canvas toned mid brown (see swatch) 16” x 20” to 20” x 30”-ish (NO LARGER)
  • 1 cotton canvas toned celedon green (see swatch) – smaller, perhaps 10” x 12”
  • see website swatch page

    To tone, mix acrylic color into acrylic gesso base to match color swatches (does not have to be an exact match, but as close to the swatch as you can get – students will be mailed color swatches prior to the workshop start date. You can also refer to the Swatch Page but it may vary slghtly according to your computer screen. Please do not come to class with white canvases. Paint two coats of the colored gesso on top of at least one or two coats of white acrylic primer ON TOP OF ready primed canvas (acrylic primed not oil primed).

    MATERIALS

    Charcoal - Medium/soft (not compressed charcoal)

    A PREVAL SPRAY GUN (Available from hardware and paint stores and some art stores) - This small portabe sprayer comes with a compressed air sprayer and bottle. My local paint shop sells them for $5. Here's a link to the manufacturer's website: www.preval.com

    PALETTE/PAINTING KNIVES:
    Please bring a palette knife with you for mixing paint in the class- see illustration to understand the difference between the two. If you also have a painting knife or two please bring them too.

    Palette knives and painting knives are NOT the same. Palette knives are for mixing paint properly and have a longer thin and flexible blade. I prefer the ones with a bend in the shaft rather than just a flat blade. they are also available in plastic. Painting knives are short and pointed like a little trowel and come in numerous sizes and are for applying paint onto the canvas instead of a brush.

    Oil Paint – These are all essential so that everyone has the same painting experience:
    Please No Substitutions!

  • Mussini translucent red oxide N.365
  • Mussini bohemian green earth No. 646
  • Mussini verona green earth No. 668 or Holbein terre verte verona H297
  • Old Holland yellow ochre light # A53
  • Williamsburg Cold Black or Holbein Blue Black + Old Holland Ivory Black (to make cold black)
  • Old Holland Mixed White No.1(Flake+Zinc) #A4 (NOT No.2 with Titanium) or Gamblin Flake  White Replacement – I like to use both whites at different stages of the painting. You do not have to buy both.
  • If you have trouble finding these in your local art supply store you can mail-order them from New York Central Art Supply, Artisans or Pearl Paints. They have web sites and accept credit cards. Please allow extra time for delivery! It takes at least 7-10 days from your ordering it for it to reach you in time for the class.

    Plus any or all of the following selection of colors (you don’t have to buy them all, just bring what you already have; these are only suggestions):

  • Cadmium red deep
  • Olive green
  • Sap green
  • Ivory black
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Cobalt blue
  • Indian red
  • Venetian red
  • Burnt umber
  • Sepia or Vandyke brown
  • Lemon yellow
  • Dioxazine Purple
  • Brushes:
    Mixture of brushes: filbert, round,(one or two flats if you absolutely have to but please No brights (these are an even shorter version of flats - they are only good for painting impressionist pictures or spackling walls!) 1-2 of the brushes should be soft-haired filberts or rounds (sable or mongoose - synthetic if you really have to, but not too pointed)

    1 or 2 fan brushes if you have them already.

    Miscellaneous:

    Gamsol odourless solvent & jar – small can, enough for final cleaning of brushes (it is much less toxic than turpenoid and others)- I find the Silicoil cleaning jars very good. We will use the Gamsol mineral spirits only at the end of the painting day for final brush cleaning as part of our effort for a non toxic studio environment and for personal life extension.

    Small quantities of following (all essential and some are available in small bottles. Please make sure you have them all):

  • Cobalt driers
  • 16+ oz Walnut Oil (see below)
  • Black Oil either Williamsburg or James Groves**   *please see below
  •     and for the Glaze medium:

  • Damar varnish
  • English distilled turpentine
  • Venice turpentine
  • Sun thickened or Stand oil
  • Walnut oil & jar for cleaning brushes while painting and also for the painting medium – at least 16oz. You can use ordinary walnut oil for cooking from the supermarket (I found a Litre bottle at Wholefoods for just $5.75). M. Graham does litre cans and there are other brands at the art store including Williamsburg, they are just more refined and more expensive.

  • Small 6-oz., screw-top jar – for mixing glazing medium in
  • Roll of Bounty Paper towels (preferably white - the patterns are so ugly)
  • Small Palette knife (NOT a painting knife, painting knives look like little cement trowels, palette knives are also trowel shaped but have a longer and less wide blade)
  • Palette- if you use a new wooden palette, coat both sides with three coats of shellac.
  • * The black oil can be used in the middle layers. I personally use it at a certain stage in my paintings, for reasons that I will explain in class, but some people in my classes have complained about the smell and said they got headaches from it and it is not imperative that you use it at all. It is up to you if you want to buy it and try it although it may bother some, and if so, we’ll have to stop using it in class and you can experiment further with it in your studio.

    ** Lefranc&Bourgeois have stopped making Black Oil. James Groves, a varnish maker in Maryland is now making a version in small batches. His details are on the Bulletin Board page.

    EXPRESSIVE DRAWING
     
    • Charcoal: Willow or vine (thin, medium and thick). Vine is blacker.
    • Conté chalk: Black 2B, white, sanguine (at least two sticks of each)
    • 2 pencils: 2B
    • Erasers: Putty and chamois cloth
    • Turkey or other feather (to make into quill – any feather at least 6" will do) – try Artists & Craftsman Supply 206 / 545-0091, Michael’s Arts & Crafts, your local craft & hobby shop, or your neighbor’s pet turkey (ask before pulling!) .
    • Black Chinese ink: one small bottle, NOT waterproof
    • Walnut (made by Tom Norton Designs) or brown ink, NOT waterproof
    • 2 small jars (6–8 oz.) with screw lids
    • Paper towels
    • Artist’s or masking tape (3/4")
    • Drawing board and clips
    • Plenty of cheap paper 18" x 24" – you will be doing a lot of quick drawings:
    • Newsprint pad 18" x 24"
    • Pad of Aquabee Kraft or butcher paper for water-based materials.
    • A few sheets of charcoal or better-quality paper for longer drawings: White, grey, tan, etc.
    • 2 oriental brushes: 1 small, 1 medium
    • Sense of humor (essential)
    • Open mind/heart
    FIGURE Painting IN OIL
     

    SUPPORT

  • 1 stretched cotton canvas toned SEPIA (see swatch) 16” x 20” to 20” x 30”-ish (NO LARGER)
  • 2 canvas boards toned SEPIA (see swatch) – smaller, perhaps 11"X14"
  • see website swatch page

    To tone, mix acrylic color into acrylic gesso base to match color swatches (does not have to be an exact match, but as close to the swatch as you can get – students will be mailed color swatches prior to the workshop start date. You can also refer to the Swatch Page on my site but it may vary slightly according to your computer screen. Please do not come to class with white canvases. Paint a coat of the colored gesso on top of at least one or two coats of white acrylic primer ON TOP OF ready primed canvas (acrylic primed NOT oil primed).The canvas boards just need a coat of the coloured gesso.

    MATERIALS

    Charcoal - Medium/soft (NOT 'compressed' charcoal)

    A PREVAL SPRAY GUN (Available from hardware and paint stores and some art stores) - This small portable sprayer comes with a compressed air can sprayer and a little bottle. My local paint shop sells them for $5. Here's a link to the manufacturer's website: www.preval.com - click on the Preval Sprayer tab.

    Oil Paint – – These specified brand-name colours only are essential so that everyone has the same painting experience in the class - Please No Substitutions! I have listed next to them the current online prices from Artisan - Santa fe.com to give you an idea of cost but if you can find these specific oilpaints cheaper somewhere else, go for it.

  • Holbein Sepia $8.17
  • Mussini English Red Light # 651 Series 1 $12.76
  • Mussini Ultramarine Light # 491 Series 2 $12.32
  • Rembrandt Venetian Red # 349 $6.23
  • M.Graham Cerulean Blue Series 6 $17.38
  • Williamsburg Lemon Ochre Series 3 60000/4-9 $15.52
  • Windsor&Newton White No.1(Flake+Zinc) OR Cremnitz White $8.99
  • If you have trouble finding these in your local art supply store you can mail-order them from New York Central Art Supply, Artisan SantaFe or Pearl Paints. They have web sites and accept credit cards. Please allow extra time for delivery! It takes at least 7-10 days from your ordering it for it to reach you in time for the class.

    Plus any or all of the following selection of colors (you don’t have to buy them all, just bring what you already have; these are only suggestions):

  • Cadmium red deep
  • Olive green
  • Sap green
  • Ivory black
  • Cobalt blue
  • Burnt umber
  • Lemon yellow
  • Dioxazine Purple

    PALETTE/PAINTING KNIVES:
    Please bring a palette knife with you for mixing paint in the class- see illustration to understand the difference between the two. If you also have a painting knife or two please bring them too.

    Palette knives and painting knives are NOT the same. Palette knives are for mixing paint properly and have a longer thin and flexible blade. I prefer the ones with a bend in the shaft rather than just a flat blade. they are also available in plastic. Painting knives are short and pointed like a little trowel and come in numerous sizes and are for applying paint onto the canvas instead of a brush.

    Brushes:
    Mixture of brushes: filbert, round,(one or two flats if you absolutely have to but please No brights (these are an even shorter version of flats - they are only good for painting impressionist pictures or spackling walls!) 1-2 of the brushes should be soft-haired filberts or rounds (sable or mongoose - synthetic if you really have to, but not too pointed)

    1 or 2 fan brushes if you have them already.

    Miscellaneous:

    Gamsol odourless solvent & jar – small can, enough for final cleaning of brushes (it is much less toxic than turpenoid and others)- I find the Silicoil cleaning jars very good. We will use the Gamsol mineral spirits only at the end of the painting day for final brush cleaning as part of our effort for a non toxic studio environment and for personal life extension.

    Small quantities of following (all essential and some are available in small bottles. Please make sure you have them all):

  • Cobalt driers
  • Damar varnish
  • English distilled turpentine
  • Venice turpentine
  • Sun thickened or Stand oil
  • At least 16oz Walnut Oil (*see below)
  • Small 6-oz., screw-top jar – for mixing glazing medium in
  • Roll of Bounty Paper towels (preferably white - the patterns are so ugly)
  • Palette for mixing on - if you buy a new wooden palette, coat both sides with three coats of shellac and let it dry for at least a week before use.Make sure the shellac is within the ‘use by’ date on the tin or it won’t dry properly. Shellac usually keeps about three years from new.
  • * Please bring the Walnut oil & 2 10oz jars for cleaning brushes while painting and also for the painting medium – at least 16oz. You can use ordinary walnut oil for cooking from the supermarket (I found a Litre bottle at Wholefoods for just $5.75). M. Graham does litre cans and there are other brands at the art store including Williamsburg, they are just more refined and much more expensive.

     

    ANATOMY
     
  • Drawing Paper (pad or loose sheets + drawing board - not newsprint)
  • Charcoal / soft pencils
  • Color pencils or pens for note taking
  • Conté pencils – Sanguine and Black, or Conté chalks
  • Note paper (US Letter size with holes to fit into a three ring binder)
  • Putty and hard erasers
  • Aspirin
  • Plenty of sleep before class
  • if you are thinking of buying an anatomy book before class starts, please see my recommended books list.

    ADVANCED FIGURE DRAWING
     
  • Two large paper clips
  • Selection of willow or vine charcoal in thin medium and thick sizes. NOT COMPRESSED CHARCOAL.
  • Black  and white soft conté – one or two pieces of each.
  • Selection of soft pencils – 3b,2b, b etc.
  • Lg. Tube of Black acrylic paint, any brand.
  • Lg. Tube of White acrylic paint, any brand.
  • 2 or 3 cheap synthetic brushes (round or filbert, NOT flats or brights) for painting with acrylics.
  • Black NON WATERPROOF ink. Chinese is fine.
  • Jam jar or old tin for water.
  • Small piece of Chamois leather, old cotton sock, scrap cotton t-shirt rag  - for erasing charcoal drawings.
  • Putty eraser.
  • Pink pearl eraser. (made by Faber)
  • Pink pearl pencil eraser (looks like a pencil)
  • Plastic or gum eraser.
  • Bamboo, turkey feather or reed pen or make your own in class from a feather.
  • Some enthusiasm (general).
  • Plumbline (if you happen to have one) or large nut and string to make a plumbline* - see below.
  • Piece of cream or white thin mounting board approx.  12” X 12”
  • Two Pieces of Heavy mounting board, illustration board or foam core board, 22” X 30”, painted black with a coat of black acrylic paint.
  • At least 6 to 8 22” X 30’ sheets of heavyweight drawing paper that will allow erasing -  Reeves BFK, Arches hot press, Arches cover paper or the various watercolor papers available, whatever you like to work on. Nothing too rough or too smooth please and NO newsprint.  I personally like to work on Lennox or Arches but there are so many papers available, it is your choice. I have never got on well with drawing pads in any brand.
  • * you can make a plumbline out of anything that is heavy enough to keep the string taught without being too heavy and making your arm ache from holding it up. You want about 2 ft of thin string, preferably a dark color and a large bolt or nut tied on the end.

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