Ned Mueller Plein Air Workshop supply list



Oil Paints:

  • Titanium white
  • Alizarin crimson
  • Cadmium red light
  • Cadmium orange
  • Transparent brown oxide
  • Cadmium yellow light
  • Chromium green oxide
  • Viridian
  • Cobalt blue
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Ivory black

Brushes: I mostly use bristle brushes, mainly filberts and brights #2,#4,#6,#8,#10. I usually have at least two or three of each. I will use some round sables for detail to sign my name.

I mostly use ready made oil primed linen panels to paint on, anywhere from 4×6″ to 12×16″ to paint outside. Bring a variety of sizes including 8×10″,9×12″,11×14″ to use. Some places to get panels are: www.CanvasPanels.comwww.newtraditionsartpanels.comwww.windriverarts.com. Linen panels are a bit expensive and a good canvas panel will do.

Easel: Have a good easel such as the French easel, backpack easel or one of the many good pochade paint boxes on the market. Some of them are: www.artworkessentials.com, and www.openboxm.com.

Brush Cleaner: Have a good size container to clean your brushes with and a small cup for your medium. I use odorless Turp to clean brushes and for my medium. (No actual turpentine allowed!)

Palette: I usually use a glass or plexiglass palette, wood palettes are fine as long as you sand them properly, if you don’t know what properly sanded means, check out these bench sander reivews and look at how they do it. These palettes are fine as long as they are the fold out palette pals. Please, no paper palettes.

Other Equipment: Have a good size container to clean your brushes with and a small cup for your medium. I use odorless Turp to clean brushes and for my medium. I usually use a glass or plexiglass palette, wood palettes are fine as are the fold out palette pals. Please, no paper palettes. I have a palette knife and/or a scraper to clean my palette and a roll of paper towels to clean my palette and brushes with. Have some comfortable shoes and practical clothes for whatever weather one may encounter. Do not wear any bright shirts or such that might reflect color into your painting surface. A hat or visor to keep the sun out of your eyes and a plein air umbrella is optional, but does come in handy. A wet painting box does come in handy and can be bought at most art supply or plein air painting outfits.

Equipment and paints do get expensive, and do the best you can, but cheap paints, brushes and panels can really keep a person from doing their best work. The first day or so we will probably just be doing smaller studies in the 6×8″ to 9×12″ range to get people warmed up. Bring a good sense of humor and we will work hard and have a good time doing it!!

Important: Bring a good sense of humor and we will work hard and have a good time doing it!!