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.


Brushes:

  • 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


Pigments:

  • 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


Medium:

  • 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


Easel:

  • 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 [gayemadams@gmail.com] for oils and Janice Robertson [jrobertson13@shaw.ca] 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.


Brushes:

  • 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


Pigments:

  • 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.


Palette:

  • 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

Brushes:

  • 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


Pigments:

  • 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.


Brushes:

  • 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.


Pigments:

  • 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


Medium:

  • 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