Painting Surfaces:

  • Bring at least 6-8 well gessoed (with acrylic gesso) panels, no larger than 8x10”.  Also bring 3-4 6x8” supports as well
  • Recommendation: Raymar supports, specifically the featherlight series that can be ordered online at   RayMar Art. Pricey but wonderful to use in the field – they are canvas mounted on board, very portable, light and archival. Stretched canvases are bulky to transport, and light can shine through them on location, so panels are preferable.


  • A variety of sizes and shapes ranging from small (e.g. 1/8”) up to large (e.g. 1/8” to 1”) with good quality hog hairs, as well as softer synthetic mongoose or other good quality synthetic brushes (bring fewer high quality brushes rather than the opposite)
  • Flat and Bright brushes are the most versatile and useful


  • Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light/Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Transparent Red Iron Oxide/Transparent Earth Red, Cadmium Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue


  • Gamsol to clean brushes when in the field
  • Walnut oil, neomeglip, or linseed oil to help paint flow out if needed
  • Acrylicists should bring a polymer glazing liquid and use a stay wet palette


  • Pochade box is ideal for painting outdoors (they are an investment, therefore, not an expectation for the retreat unless you are certain you will continue to paint outdoors)
  • Alternative: French easel or portable easel of another type, ideally having a system in a backpack or on rollers

Additional Items:

  • Blue automotive shop towels (these are lint free, strong and absorbent)
  • Plastic grocery bag for soiled towels
  • Leak-proof container for solvent for oil painter, water if you are an acrylicist
  • *Viewfinder – neutral gray and has a small peek hole that can be used for isolating colours (you can also make one out of gray mat board, 3x3” square, with a pencil sized hole in the middle of it)
  • Wet panel carrier of some sort for oil painters

  • Lightweight easel
  • Small folding stool
  • Apron or paint shirt
  • Sun hat
  • Drinking water
  • Backpack, box or trolley to carry your supplies
  • Small sketchbook
  • Pencils, eraser, sharpener
  • Primed boards or canvases
  • Paints- oils or acrylics
  • Brushes
  • Rags or paper towels
  • Palette
  • Garbage bags
  • Water or solvent container
  • Medium
  • Sunscreen/ bug repellent
  • Viewfinder
  • Reference photos in case of rain
  • Camera

Mike Svob (teaching acrylics)

Gaye Adams (teaching oils)

* If you are an experienced painter, just bring your usual supplies. The individual instructor lists (below) are for your information only.  If you have any supply questions please contact Gaye Adams [] for oils and Janice Robertson [] for acrylics.

Painting Surfaces:

  • 1 or 2 gessoed boards or canvases per painting day in a variety of small sizes. Suggest 9 x 12" to 16 x 20”. Door skin veneer are good as they are very thin and light.


  • Suggest some soft watercolor type and some stiff acrylic type, sizes #4 or #6 up to #10 to #12, plus a 1" flat brush which is good for glazing


  • Large tube Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cad Yellow, Cad Red, Quin Magenta Red, Pthalo Blue, Carbon or Lamp Black
  • Possible additional colours: Dioxazine Purple, Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine Blue.


  • Stay wet or tear away, acrylic medium, water container, spray bottle, soft pencils, sketch book, eraser, paper towels, rags, tape, folding stool, backpack, apron, French easel or lightweight folding easel


  • Filbert bristle brushes ranging from 0 to 18, filbert soft brushes-0 to 14, rounds from 3/0, 2/0, 0 and 1, #5 palette knife


  • Cad Yellow Pale Hue, Naples Yellow [Windsor Newton], Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Cad Red Hue, Permanent Rose, Cerulean Blue Hue, Turquoise [Gamblin], ultramarine Blue, Viridian Hue, Sap Green

Janice Robertson (teaching acrylics)

Individual Instructors Suggested Lists:

Painting surfaces:

  • 2 or 3 small canvases or gessoed boards per day- sizes 8 x 10” to 12 x 16”. Go bigger if you’re fast and don’t mind carrying them.


  • 1" or 2" good quality synthetic house painting brush, plus a variety of flat [ 1/2 & 1/4”] and round synthetic [not hogs hair] brushes.


  • Titanium White, Black, Lemon Yellow or Hansa Yellow, Cad Yellow Medium or Dark, Quinacridone Red, Cadmium or Pyrrole Red, Pthalo Blue, Cobalt or Ultramarine blue, Dioxazine Purple, Quinacridone Gold


  • Recommended: Golden acrylic glazing liquid

Additional Items:

  • Spray bottle
  • Palette [plastic one with snap on lid is good]
  • Easel
  • Stool
  • Water container
  • Apron
  • Paper towels
  • Rags or tissues
  • Small sketchbook
  • Couple of soft pencils
  • Eraser

Suggested Basic Supplies for Everyone: 

Doug Levitt (teaching oils)

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Welcome to the

2017 FCA Plein Air Retreat

September 23 - 29, 2017

Federation of Canadian Artists