Lori Putnam Plein Air Workshops Supply List
Easel/equipment: You are responsible for providing your own easel unless otherwise available from the hosting organization. Please check with your Registration Contact to be certain. I use a Paintbook by EdgePro Gear, edgeprogear.com. If you want to order one, you need to allow about a month for production time. Use appropriate promo code from the list below:
$25 off for PaintBook and PaintBook Ultimate Package
LPPBUP2018 - PaintBook Ultimate Package
LPPBQPC2018 - QPC PaintBook
- LPPBB2018 - Basic PaintBook
$15 off SketchBook
LPSBUP2018 - SketchBook Ultimate Package
LPSB2018 - SketchBook
• Wooden or neutral gray mixing palette (may be part of your portable easel)
Bring any color palette you are comfortable with using. These are the colors I enjoy using indoors. The four colors listed in bold are all you really need (especially for keeping your gear lightweight when working en plein air). Others are optional for fun and convenience, but you can certainly make do without them.
These are all Gamblin Artists Colors available at www.dickblick.com and other retailers:
• Transparent Earth Yellow
• Cad Yellow Light
• Cad Yellow Medium (usually helpful for fall-color workshops)
• Indian Yellow
• Cad Orange Deep
• Napthol Red
• Brown Pink
• Quinacridone Magenta (usually helpful for spring-flowers/still life workshops)
• Quinacridone Violet or Diox Purple
• Ultramarine Blue
• Chromatic Black or Payne’s Grey
• Cobalt Blue, Manganese Blue Hue, or Phtalo Blue for fun
• Permanent Green Lt
• Cadmium Green
• Warm White
• Titanium White
• Radiant Blue
• Radiant Turquoise
Do not bring old, worn-out brushes. I use a combination of synthetic, bristle, and badger brushes to achieve different shapes and edges. Here is a link to two sets of brushes that you might want to explore:
- Lori Putnam 8 Brush Starter Set | Rosemary & Co Artist Brushes
- Lori Putnam Complete Brush Set | Rosemary & Co Artist Brushes
Several styles of palette knives, scrapers, and colour shapers available at www.dickblick.com and other retailers.
There are many good sources for surfaces. I prefer working on panels whenever possible. I like the stiffness as opposed to working on stretched canvases with “spring.” One panel that I like a lot is available at from RayMarArt.com. It is the #15 dp oil linen. These are more expensive than the cotton ones, but the surface is really lovely allowing you to achieve different effects. Another option that I dearly love is the panel that EdgePro makes for their Quick Panel Paintbooks and Sketchbooks. If you are looking for a less expensive alternative, try the Centurion double oil primed linen pads and some gatorboard for stapling or taping.
- You will need about two or three each day of the workshop, ranging in sizes from 8x10 to 12x16. Remember, you will need to have a means to transport these wet paintings home with you, so bring sizes you have wet carriers for, especially if you are flying.
- Wet canvas carriers such as Raymar.
- I use paint-tube carriers by Dagmar Solutions. They keep the tubes from puncturing each other during transport and keep the paints super handy when painitng. However, they only work with certain brands of paint tops. Check them out at dagmarsolutions.com
- Plein Air umbrella. I use BestBrella.
- Small sketchpad and pencil or even better, Neutral Grey, Duo tipped markers, 1 each in tones 3, 5, and 9 (similar to these Copic Sketch Markers)
- ViewCatcher (gray plastic crop/view finder tool) available at most art stores
- EMPTY, small, sealable, non-breakable, spill-proof container for mineral
- Gamblin Solvent Free Gel (optional, makes the paint dry more rapidly for ease in packing)
- Gamsol (recommended) Artists’ Grade Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS) IF TRAVELING BY PLANE, OMS should be purchased at your final destination. DO NOT PACK AND BRING. IT IS ILLEGAL TO BRING OMS ON FLIGHTS. Do not bring contractor-grade OMS that is available at hardware stores. It is not good for you, people around you, or your paints! NOTE: If you are attending a workshop at my studio, I only allow Gamsol in my studio.
- Paper towels and plastic grocery bags (for trash)
- Sense of humor
For your physical comfort:
- Dress in layers, or bring a change of clothes, to adjust as weather changes
- Wear neutral-colored tops and jackets
- Hat, visor, or umbrella for sun or rain
- Bug spray
- Comfortable shoes
- Chair or stool for outdoor demonstrations
- Bring plenty of bottled water
My Personal Packing List