Dan Graziano Materials List

Dan Graziano Workshop  Suggested Supply List for Painting En Plein Air

Note: Please practice using and setting up your easel BEFORE the workshop. Your workshop time is better spent painting rather than figuring out your easel!

Portable/field easel and palette (French field easel or pochade box with tripod). Recommended types and brands: 

Solvent container with clamping lid (I recommend Da Vinci brand or similar) 

Small sketch pad w/ pencil or marker 

Oil paint

any brand of professional quality paint). Suggested colors (also the colors I use): 

  • Ultramarine Blue 
  • Cobalt Blue 
  • Manganese Blue 
  • Sap Green 
  • Burnt Sienna 
  • Burnt Umber 
  • Alizarin Crimson 
  • Cadmium Red 
  • Cadmium Yellow 
  • Yellow Ochre 
  • Titanium White 

Unless you are a beginner, you may bring any limited color palette you are comfortable with using. 


  • I recommend hog bristle brushes over synthetic for oil painting. Bring a mixture of Filberts, Flats, and Rounds in various sizes (4,6,8,10,12) with one sable rigger. I use Robert Simmons Signet brand brushes. Don’t bring worn out brushes. 


  • You will use 2 to 4 panels per day. Your choice of panel sizes (6×8, 8×10, 9×12) – no larger than 9×12 for this workshop. Please bring panels rather than stretched canvas and avoid panels with too “slick” a surface. 


  • Cup or container for medium (optional) 
  • M. Graham’s Walnut Alkyd Medium—a fast drying and non-toxic product, Gamblin Neo Megilp. 


  • ODORLESS artist quality turpentine (Gamsol or Turpenoid). Do not bring hardware store turpentine – it is not healthy for you or the people around you. 

Additional Supplies

  • Paper towels and plastic grocery bags for used paper towels 
  • Painting clothes (please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting a little oil paint on). Dress in layers or bring additional clothes to adjust to weather changes (hot, cold, windy, rainy). Wear NEUTRAL-COLORED tops and jackets – bright colored clothing will reflect on your painting surfaces. 
  • Wide brimmed hat 
  • disposable gloves 
  • wet panel carrier 
  • plein air umbrella 
  • bug spray 
  • sunscreen 
  • snacks, bag lunch, plenty of bottled water 
  • baby oil (to get oil paint off your hands) 
  • spring clamps, bungee cords 

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