Larry Moore

SUPPLY LIST for Nature abstracted/Wayfinding workshops

This materials list is for oil but you can work in acrylics, pastel, gouache, watercolor or mixed media. You will be doing watercolor explorations at first then shifting to whatever your medium.

 9x12 Sketch pad (heavy paper) and water proof felt pen (fine), 2b pencil

Watercolor set Small inexpensive watercolor set.
Set of watercolor brushes. Get the cheap variety bag o’ brushes from Michaels if you don’t have any.

OR set of Gouache paints, as they are awesome and not terribly expensive. I love them.

Watercolor mixing tray.

Photo ref - Optimally we will go out to gather reference and photos but just in case, bring pics of stuff you wish to paint from. Also bring small studies if you have them, to work from.There will be abstraction, this is not a how to paint something to look like something kind of class.


A limited palette of warm and cool of each primary color plus white:

Cadmium Lemon
Cadmium Yellow Med and/or Yellow Ochre
Cadmium Red Lt or Permanent Red
Alizarin Crimson
Ultramarine Blue
Prussian Blue and or Viridian
Titanium White unless you prefer flake or zinc white
Burnt Sienna or Van Dyke or Burnt umber
Tube Grays (optional but a few tubes of warm and cool values go a long way)

If you have favorite pigments, bring em. There is no one perfect palette. I have a thing against tube greens… but you can bring those too.

A good starter palette is a warm and a cool of yellow red and blue, but if you want to augment this with, say, Kings Blue or Viridian or Rose Madder or Cad Orange, be my guest.

Oils: Utrecht and Gamblin are good paints for the money. Gamblin 1980, Winton by Windsor Newton is fine. Rembrandt, Grumbacher are also fine. Count on using a lot of paint.

Only Gamsol (Gamblin Odorless Mineral spirits) is allowed at Putnam Studio
Can or container to hold Gamsol

Acrylics: Golden is golden.


French easel or I recommend a good portable and multifunctional easel that you can get from OpenBoxM or EasyL through Tell them I sent you. I have several and my favorite is the Pro-Lite for small oil paintings (12 x 16 and smaller) and the Versa for pastels. for the open box m, which I love. Also I hear good things about the Strada easel.

The easel you use can somewhat be determined by the size canvas you wish to work on.

Tri-pod for the Box type easels.

Wood Palette (for French easel) – or plastic or decent mixing space

Palette Knife (tapered tip)


Bristles are great – sizes 2-12 flats and filberts. You can also augment with sables or cheaper synthetic flats and filberts for blending (I use the synthetic flats and filberts a lot for blocking in).

There are no magic brushes. If you are interested in trying different approaches, bring a brayer, a squeegee, any tool that might give you something a brush can not.


For most classes, bring smaller canvases, a lot of them are better.

4 or 5 -  12x16 or similar canvas panels, taped off into quarters for small studies.
4 -  11x14 to 12x16 for the middle studies (not taped off)
1 or 2 - 16x20 for the larger version if you want to go bigger.  pick one size.
1 or 2 - larger, up to 30x30, canvases for final development.

If using Frederix or similar gesso-primed crappy surface I recommend a brush coat of gesso or two. Raymar, Windsor-newton and Pintura are good and fairly inexpensive. Canvases from have a great selection of primings and painting surfaces.

If you are really ambitious, you can pick up some cut sheets of Masonite or sand-ply from Lowes/Home Depot and give them 3 coats of gesso.

Artists painting medium by Winsor Newton or Galkyd or Gamblin solvent free gel (optional but very handy)
Paper towels (viva) or lots of good painting rags
Painting reference; photos, paintings, studies, sketches, iPad with pics etc.
Latex gloves if you so desire
Artists umbrella (optional) or hat
Sunscreen, hat, umbrella, bug spray, water, snacks in case we go outside.
Sense of humor