In the orientation video below I talk about how to set up your studio, equipment, and some elements of organization. It’s important to have an area where everything is within reach and uncluttered. I will also discuss supplies and materials and where I buy them and some supplies to avoid.
The lights I use are Ecolux Florescent Bulbs by GE. I buy them at Home Depot and I buy a warm and a cool of each bulb. The warm is called Sunshine F20, the cool is called Daylight F20. The important thing about them is that they are a 5000 Kelvin which is shown on the package of the bulb. You can buy either 24 or 48 inch bulbs. I use a regular shop light fixture which hangs directly above the easle
Easels (if needed)
Windsor & Newton Shannon Easel- Utrecht-$143.00
Venetian Full Size Studio Easel- Jerrys’ Artarama-$119.00
Julian French Easel- Utrecht-$159.00
I use Utrecht oils. They are a good professional grade at a good price. Any professional grade paints will due but stay away from student grade paints. They are very weak and make it hard to learn to mix color.
Brands to stay away from:
Academy student grade from Grumbacher
Winton from Windsor & Newton
Daler-Rowney - This brand would be ok but stay away from their cadmium colors, they are too weak.
Brands that are good to use:
Windsor & Newton
I haven’t used the water soluble oils yet, but they are a good alternative if paint thinner causes health problems.
Feel free to use any brand you choose. I wanted to let everyone know what’s out there and how they stack up.
Here is the list of paints:
Cadnium Yellow Light (don’t buy cadmium yellow hue, it is very weak)
Cad Orange Hue
Cadnium Red Light (don't buy the hue)
White bristle oil brushes #2, #4, #6, #8 two of each. #8 synthetic sablette oil brush, 3 inch traditional painting knife
We will use a variety of sizes throughout the lessons:
2 or 3 of each size
Paint Thinner-Gamsol or Turpenoid
Sketch Pad- 9x12 or 11x14
6B graphite pencil
Soft Vine Charcoal
Tips on Taking Good Photographic References
With digital cameras it is a lot easier and less expensive to take good photos. All six of these photos below were taken with a small 5 mega pixel camera. You can buy a 7 or 8 mega pixel camera for under a $100.00 at Walmart or Best Buy. One of the goals in landscape painting is to show depth on a flat surface, so a good reference photo to practice from should have a background, middle-ground and a foreground.
A good photo should also have a variety of “lines” in the composition. Horizontal lines, vertical lines and angled lines If your photo has all horizontal or vertical lines the composition will be static or boring.