For indoor painting, we cannot pour paint or solvents down the sink, so be prepared to take them home with you in a tightly sealed jar.
CANVAS – Pre-stretched, primed canvas or canvasboards. Small sizes such as 8″ x 10″, 11″ x 14″ are best. Get one or 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 oil paints or Golden heavy-body acrylics. The following list is what I recommend.
- White (Titanium or Titanium/zinc white mix)
- Cadmium Yellow Light or Hansa Yellow light
- Yellow Ochre
- Cadmium Red light or Napthol Red light
- Alizarin Crimson permanent
- Ultramarine Blue
- Cobalt Blue
- Burnt Sienna
- Burnt Umber
- Payne’s Gray
- Alternatives/Optional: If a color is unavailable, get a color that’s close to what I’ve recommended. Also, the following are not necessary, but you may also like small tubes of Phthalo BlueCerulean Blue and Indian Yellow. Greens, purples, and oranges are unnecessary.
EASEL – For inside studio workshops, an inexpensive lightweight folding tabletop easel is fine. If we’re doing outdoor plein air painting, you’ll need a floor-standing foldable easel.
BRUSHES – A few oil/acrylic brushes of different sizes and shapes. I offer my own Mary Hubley brand Richeson brushes, available online, for beginners to professionals. Please check out both Judson’s Art Outfitters and Amazon for the best price and availability.
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. Only odorless solvents are allowed.
For acrylic painters –
- Jar – Large, wide-bottom, leak-proof jar to hold your water.
- Spray bottle – really necessary keep your paints damp (An empty, clean windex spray bottle is fine.)
- Masterson Sta-Wet Handy Palette (smallest size) – this covered palette makes acrylics easy to work with, as it keeps your paints wet throughout the painting process.
For Outdoor Plein Air Painting (Not required for indoor studio sessions) –
- Water – For acrylic painters, bring water for painting.
- Personal items like insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat, snacks, and water.
- Folding chair
- Floor-standing foldable easel
- Easel umbrella – not necessary, but recommended.
I’ve tried to make getting these easy by offering the following materials through my Mary Hubley Workshop Accessory Kit online. Order through: Judson’s Art Outfitters.
OTHER ESSENTIAL GEAR:
Smock or apron
Plastic bags to transport dirty towels, paintbrushes, wet palette, and wet canvases home.
Carry-all bag or old suitcase to transport your gear.