Make a landscape viewfinder; 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.
It needs to be small and flat enough to fit into your paint box. The hinges were made with Duck tape.
I made this one from backing board from an old picture frame, it’s quite easy to cut with a box knife but it’s also quite tough. To finish, I coated it a couple of times with acrylic medium which will repel any water spills.
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).
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.