A useful tool to have in your pochade box or plein air easel. With these, you can determine your composition before you commit to painting. You can buy more sophisticated ones in the art shops but you can also keep things simple and make your own.
A short video (7.5 minutes) about the recommended beginner’s painting kit for my studio class. It’ll save you lots of money and save you from carting bundles of unnecessary material around with you and hurting your back!
You’ll get an idea of what everything looks like before you visit the art supplies shop. Below is a list.
- ‘Burren’ tabletop box easel: ‘Create’ brand or similar (Winsor & Newton make good, slightly larger boxes, for example).
- Brushes (See this video on which brushes to get).
- Paints: Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue, Permanent Rose, Cobalt Blue, Ivory Black and Burnt Umber. (All Winsor & Newton, Winton range).
- A Palette
- Solvent: Zest-it or Sansodor
- Palette Knife
- A rag
Some advice on which brushes you should bring to my alla prima oils painting classes for beginners in Dublin. There are many to choose from and I know that it can be confusing when faced with all the different brands and shapes in the art supplies shop. Here is an anwer – with a caveat as to which brushes to avoid. Paint oils, paint small, paint often! The art materials list is on this page.