Mary Hubley’s Plein Air Painting Supply List:

  • CANVAS – Pre-stretched, primed canvas or canvasboards. Small sizes such as 8″ x 10″, 11″ x 14″ are best. Have two for each day of class.
  • PAINT – Beginners can start out with a packaged paint set of tubes if it saves money, although the best paints create the best paintings. I recommend Gamblin paints for oil artists, and Golden for acrylic artists. The following list is what I use.
    • White (Titanium)
    • Yellow (Cadmium Yellow Light is best. If unavailable, try brilliant yellow or cad yellow medium)
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Red (Cadmium Red is best. If unavailable, try brilliant red or permanent red)
    • Alizarin Crimson
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Phthalo Blue
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Burnt Umber
    • Payne’s Gray
    • Optional: Cerulean Blue, greens, oranges, purples.
  • BRUSHES – A few oil/acrylic brushes of different sizes and shapes, such as: #1 round, #6 flat (or filbert), #12 flat (or filbert). I use mostly flat brushes. More expensive brushes are recommended, as cheap ones tend to fall apart.
  • EASEL – You’ll need a folding floor-standing easel. For beginners, I recommend a simple metal easel because it’s much easier to handle than a bulky wooden “French easel”. I use a more expensive plein air pochade from Guerrilla Painter, set on a camera tripod. Make sure you understand how to set up and handle your easel before you arrive to paint in the workshop.
  • PALETTE – For oils: either a paper palette block (disposable) or permanent palette (wood, plastic, etc.) For acrylics: a Stay-Wet palette works best; alternately, you can use a paper palette block.
  • Pencil & small paper tablet
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bags to transport dirty towels & paintbrushes, wet palette, and wet canvases home.
  • Carry-all – best bets are a foldable wagon or old suitcase with rollers to transport your gear, and to set your palette and gear on top of, while you’re painting.
  • For oil painters
    • Odorless artist’s solvent like Gamsol, turpenoid, or odorless mineral spirits in a wide-bottom jar that will seal tightly after class.
  • For acrylic painters
    • Large jar or container filled with water. Make sure it’s leak-proof.
    • Smaller container to use while painting.
    • Spray bottle to keep your paints damp (An empty, clean windex spray bottle works well.)
  • Personal items like insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat, snacks, and water.
  • Folding chair
  • Optional:
    • Small Color Wheel.
    • Brush Cleaner. (Recommended: Jack’s Linseed Studio Soap.)
    • Smock to protect your clothing and Latex gloves to protect your hands.
    • Painting umbrella for shade.