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Mike Mahon’s Painting Workshop

Supplies for Pastel and Oil Painters

It is recommended that you work in

only one medium at the workshop.

Pastels:

Minimum required:

Set of 72 or 96 Nupastels (96 preferred)

With a single edge razor blade sharpen the end of all the sticks. Do NOT sharpen the end that has the

identifying number on it. If you are starting with a new set of Nupastels, the sharpening will take about 2

hours, so have much of this done before the class begins. (A good job to do while watching TV in the

evening).

If you or your spouse is handy with a rotary sander or drill with rotary sander attachment, you can

sharpen your hard pastels in a fraction of the time. Save your pastel dust in a container or baggy. I’ll

show you how to make use of it.

Additional pastels recommended:

Soft Pastels:

Any good quality brand of soft pastels (not oil pastels) in as large a selection as you are comfortable

with. Rembrandt is a good choice between the hard Nupastels and the softer brands such as Unison and

Sennelier.

Pastel Pencils:

A small set of good quality pastel pencils is useful. At least bring one or two brown or sienna pastel

pencils or vine charcoal for layout purposes. Be sure you use pastel pencils and NOT colored pencils

which usually have oily qualities that resist pastel applied over them.

Pastel Painting Surface:

I will do my demonstrations on Wallis, Uart & Premier (400 grit) sanded paper and recommend that you

use this paper also. There is no need to tone the paper. I recommend that you work in 9”x12” up to

12”x16” image sizes for the workshop. Bring 2 or 3 sheets that are about 12”x18” in overall size. I will

have sanded paper available for the work- shop if you are not able to acquire it in time.

Painting Support: 3/16” or 1/2” Fom Cor board, 1/8” masonite, or commercial drawing board. Your board

should be large enough to leave at least a 1 inch space around a 12”x18” sheet. For alternative see Easel

below.

Fixative:

Bring small can of inexpensive hair spray to serve as a fixative.

Source photos:

Photographs from which to paint. Bring several so that I can help you select the best ones and what to

look for in a photo.

Easel:

Any portable easel on which you can securely attach your drawing board will suffice. The Julian type

portable easel works well. If you do not already have a portable set up, you may also want to consider

the Pastel PorterTM which is an portable easel I specially designed for pastel painting. You can find

out more about it at http://www.mikemahonspastelporter.com/. I will do all my demos on the Porter but

it is by no means necessary to have one of my Porters to get the full benefit of the workshop. If you are

traveling by air and prefer not to bring an easel, I have some Julians available on a first-come-firstserved

basis. If you are interested in the Pastel PorterTM, contact me for a discount I provide for

workshop participants.

Mike Mahon Workshops • 6961 Golden Mesa • Santa Fe, NM 87507 • 505-473-1098

Oils: recommended limited palette

Permalba or Cadmium Red light Acrylic paint for toning canvas:

Titanium White Cadmium Yellow Light Burnt Umber and Hookers Green

Burnt Sienna Ultramarine Blue These oil colors make up a limited palette

Alizarin Crimson Cerulean Bluethat I normally use. You may use it or your own.

Painting Surface for oils :

At least 2 cotton canvases, gessoed masonite boards, or panels for each day of the workshop. The best size

for the

workshop anything from 5”x7” to 12”x16”.

Easel:

The French type portable easel is ideal and economical.

Brushes:

Flats and Filberts (small, medium and large). Sizes #2, #4, #6 or #4, #6, #8 are convenient sizes and perhaps

one #12 flat for laying in large areas. If you only want to have one style of brush for the class, I recommend

the filberts. Rounds (small). It is recommended that you have the above brushes in both soft and stiff

bristles.

Palette:

If you do not have a paint box or easel with a built in palette, you may have a single or double pane of glass

cut to a size to fit your easel or paint box. Tape the glass around the edges to craft colored corrugated

cardboard (cardboard box material) cut to the same size as the glass. When you have the glass cut, be sure to

have the edges ground to prevents cuts. I don’t recommend paper or plastic palettes.

Materials recommended for Oil & Pastel mediums:

Source photos:

Photographs from which to paint. Bring several so that I can help you select the best ones and show you

what to look for in a photo.

Miscellaneous:

Sketch book (approx. 6”x9”), apron, palette knife, small sponge, note pad, hair spray, rags or paper towels

with plastic zipper bags for disposal, metal or plastic can with lid for odorless turpentine (Turpenoid or

Gamsol) with brush wiper in bottom, vine charcoal, 12” or 18” ruler, hand cleaning towelettes or Hand

Sanitizer (men’s after shave lotions work well for cleaning hands also), disposable rubber gloves if you like

to keep your hands free of oil and turps, insect repellent, suntan lotion, portable water jug, and hat.

Other Mediums

If you wish to work in a medium other than oil or pastel, bring what specific materials you need for that

medium. Please let Mike know what you will be working in. His process applies to virtually any medium,

but there may need to be special preparations or materials if something other than oil or pastel is used.

Almost all art supplies should be available at local art supply stores but some may be only available at

large mail order art suppliers as those below:

Artisan / Santa Fe - 800-331-6375

ASW (Art Supply Warehouse) - 800-995-6778 Utrecht - 800-223-9132

Dick Blick Art Materials - 800-621-8293 Suggested reading: (these books are not required)

Jerry’s Artarama - 800-827-8478 Oil Painting with Light and Color by Kevin Macpherson

Pearl - 800-451-7327 Oil Painting Workshop by Albert Handell

Richeson & Co., Inc - 800-233-2404 Harley Brown’s Eternal Truths for Every Artist by Harley Brown

6961 Golden Mesa

Santa Fe, NM 87507

Studio: 505-473-1098 or Cell: 505-795-4639 Combined Mediums 2016

Mike Mahon’s

Painting Workshop

Acrylic Materials Studio and Plein Air:

There should be no need to purchase any materials that you wouldn’t be using normally to paint with acrylics. The following is primarily a guide to help you think through what would be helpful in the workshop.

Paint Colors: I recommend a fairly limited palette but bring as many as you like. 2 oz. tubes of any of the major brands are satisfactory. However, I recommend avoiding the "Student" or "Academy Grades".

Titanium white

Cad Yellow Light

Cad Yellow Medium

Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Red Medium

Other Materials:

Source photos:

Bring several so that I can help you select the best ones and what to look for in a photo.

Painting Surface :

If you painting acrylic as opaque you will need at least 2 cotton canvases, gessoed masonite boards, or panels for each day of the workshop. I would recommend nothing larger than 12x16. Larger than this may be difficult to complete in one session.

If you prefer paper or watercolor board , at least 140 watercolor paper is best. A water color block works well for plein air.

Easel:

Any portable easel or tripod to which you can securely attach your canvas or panel is sufficient. The Julian or French type portable easel is ideal and economical. The French easel is more flexible in that it can store more supplies and serve as a very useful studio easel for larger paintings. We have extra easels for your use if you are traveling by plane. Just ask.

Brushes:

Flats and Filberts (small, medium and large). Sizes #2, #4, #6 or #4, #6, #8 are convenient sizes and perhaps one #12 flat for laying in large areas.

Rounds. At least a couple of small rounds for detail work.

It is recommended that you have the above brushes in both soft and stiff bristles.

Palette:

I rcommend the largest size Masterson Sta-Wet Palette (12.x16). There are also smaller Masterson Palettes that would work fine, esp. for plein air.

Miscellaneous:

Sketch book (approx. 6"x9"), apron, palette knife, small sponge, rags or paper towels, vine charcoal, 12" or 18" ruler, disposable rubber gloves if you like to keep your hands clean, two wide mouth water containers.

Burnt Sienna

Ultramarine Blue

Cobalt and/or Cerulean Blue Deep

Yellow Ochre

Hookers Green and/or Sap Green

Optional Supplies to bring:

• Golden retarder in bottle to slow down the fast drying acrylic paints especially for plein air (optional)

• If using Golden "open" (slow drying) acrylics, be sure to get a bottle of "open" thinner.

If plein air workshop:

Most of the work will be on location but also bring photographs from which to paint in case of weather problems. I also recommend insect repellent, suntan lotion, 1 or 2 portable water jugs for drinking and cleaning brushes, long sleeves and a broad brimmed hat. An umbrella to shade you and your easel is recommended. Umbrellas that can attach to your easel or staked in the ground are best.

Almost all art supplies should be available at local art supply stores but some may be only available at large mail order art suppliers as those below:

ASW (Art Supply Warehouse) - 800-995-6778

Jerry’s Artarama - 800-827-8478

Dick Blick Art Materials - 800-621-8293

Pearl - 800-451-7327

Utrecht - 800-223-9132

Artisan / Santa Fe - 800-331-6375

If you haven’t already, I would suggest that you call and get catalogs from all of the above.

Call me if you have any questions about preparation or supplies for the class.

My home phone which has an answering machine is 505-473-1098.

The phone number at my studio is 505-795-4639

Home Studio:

6961 Golden Mesa

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507

505-473-1098

Mike Mahon Art 2012©

 


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