PAINTING IMPRESSIONISTIC LANDSCAPES IN PASTELS & OILS
A set of about 60-80 pastels is plenty. Most brands are good, but my favorites are Terry Ludwig, Schmincke, Sennelier, Diane Townsend, Richeson and Great American Art Works Pastels. I have two different sets of pastels I personally selected: Great American 91 half stick assortment called ALAN FLATTMANN’S MASTER PALETTE and Richeson‘s 80 stick set of ALAN FLATTMANN’S PROFESSIONAL PASTEL SET. Both sets are light weight and ideal for plein air or studio painting. Go to “Art Materials” on my website www.alanflattmann.com for links to sites offering these pastel sets at discount prices.
Black, White, Ivory, Dark Green, Dark Gray, Dark Brown & Dark Blue. (In brands such as Nupastels, Cretacolor, Faber-Castell or Gallery). These pastels are made in narrow sticks that can be sharpened to a point.
PASTEL PENCILS & CRAYONS
- Two Sepia colored pencils such as made by Conte, Cretacolor or Bruynzeel.
- Two Conte or Cretacolor Sepia crayons.
- Several sticks thin soft vine and Jumbo (1/2” thick) soft vine charcoal.
Several sheets of good quality sanded pastel papers such as Pastel Premier, Wallis, UART, Richeson or handmade granular (pumice) boards (I will supply a free sheet of granular board for every student to try). Select light muted colors like pale ochre’s, browns and grays. Papers should be cut into smaller sizes about 9” x 12”, 12” x 16” and 14” x 18”.
Sturdy lightweight portable easel. I use a half size French easel.
- Workable Fixative (I use Krylon or Blair, but most brands are good)
- Gatorboard or Foam board Drawing Board about 17” x 22” to 20” x 26”
- Cachet Portfolio (rigid portfolio with tie strings) about 17” X 22” to 20” x 26”
- Bulldog clamps and masking tape to hold paper, single edge razor blades, kneaded eraser
- Foam rubber brush about 1 to 1 ½” wide for blending and Viva paper towels.
- Also bring landscape and cityscape photos to work from in case of bad weather. I will supply photos if you don’t have any.
Large tube of Flake or Titanium White, regular size tubes of Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Viridian, Sap Green, Ultramarine Blue, Phalo Blue, Ivory Black.
BRUSHES & KNIFES
Numbers 12, 8, 6, 4 & 2 Flat or Filbert Bristles, # 2 & # 4 Round Bristles, # 2 & #6 Round Synthetic or Red Sable brushes. A long blade Palette Knife (the blade on mine measures about 5” x ¾”) & a small blade Painting Knife (I use two. The blade of the smaller one is 1” x 3/8”. The blade of the one I use the most is 2” x ¼”)
Liquin, Galkyd Lite, Walnut oil or Linseed oil (only one of these)
One quart Gamsol or Odorless paint thinner
A few stretched canvases or good quality canvas or primed panels ranging in sizes from 16” X 20” to 18” x 24”
12” X 16” paper palette (Gray if possible), small container for medium and large container for solvent, Crystal Clear Acrylic Fixative, several sticks soft vine charcoal, Rags & Paper Towels and a sturdy Portable Easel.
* Please also bring landscape or cityscape photos to work from. I will also have photos the students are welcome to use.
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