|Some of my supplies laid out on the studio floor|
These are some of the things I take on a plein air painting trip.
- Hat, sun block, bug repellent!
- Portable easel
- Surfaces- I prefer painting on Masonite. Pictured above are 10 x 14 inch, 8 x 16 inch, and 6 x 8 inch boards prepared with white and buff-tinted gesso.
- Brushes of various sizes: filberts and rounds
- Liquin - to make the paintings dry more quickly
- Oil paints by Williamsburg, Sennelier, Schminke and Winsor Newton
- Old t-shirts for paint rags and baby wipes for cleanup, jars for solvent
- Sketchbook and pens
- Milk crate on wheels to cart it all around in
|The paints in my easel box|
The colors in my paint box
- Titanium White
- Unbleached Titanium White
- Naples Yellow Light
- French Ultramarine Blue
- Delft Blue
- Cerulean Blue
- Indian Yellow
- Yellow Ocher
- Cinnabar Green
- Courbet Green
- Turkey Umber
- Burnt Umber
- Spanish Earth
- Rosso Veneto (Iron Oxide)
- Raw Sienna
- Red Madder
I do not use all these colors when I lay out my palette. I use two of each color, a warm and a cool. For example: while we think of blue as a cool color, there are warm and cool blues. French Ultramarine Blue is cool and Cerulean Blue is warm. I change colors depending on the subject. If it is a darker day, with a cloudy sky I might use Delft Blue instead of Ultramarine. I like Courbet Green and Turkey Umber because they can go to blue or green or brown depending on what you mix them with. Courbet Green mixed with a tiny bit of white will look blue, like ocean water; mixed with tiny bit of Naples yellow it will look green, like fir tree; or mixed with a tiny bit of raw umber it will look black or very very dark brown, like the bark of a tree.