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Dan Schultz painting outdoors in Ojai, California
Dan Schultz painting outdoors in Ojai, California
Plein Air Painting Class

Contact me with questions. Ojai’s art supply store, Ojai Creates, carries many of the items on this list. They will give you a 10% discount if you mention that you’re taking my class.

There are quite a few items on this list, but keep in mind that you will enjoy painting outdoors most if you limit the number of supplies you have to carry. Most of what I bring fits into a backpack.

Portable Easel:

(Pochade box, French easel, etc.) I use an 11″ x 14″ pochade box made by Open Box M (unfortunately discontinued) mounted on a Sirui T-2005X tripod with a Manfrotto 496RC2 head. If you like to sit while you paint, bring along a portable chair.

Canvas Panels:

I recommend using cotton or linen panels in whatever size you’re comfortable with between 6″x8″ and 12″x16″. (Most students use 8″x10″ or 9″x12″.) Bring 2 panels each day. (Please don’t bring stretched canvas since light can easily shine through it from behind.) If you’re interested in making your own canvas panels, see how I make mine. You can also purchase high-quality canvas panels from:
• SourceTek

Paint (oils):

Please bring colors that are as close as possible to the six listed below. (I recommend M. Graham & Co. oil colors, but any brand will be fine.)

  1. Titanium White
  2. Bismuth Yellow (or Cadmium Lemon)
  3. Yellow Ochre
  4. Anthraquinone Red (or Alizarin Permanent)
  5. Viridian
  6. Ultramarine Blue (You will receive a free tube of ultramarine blue from M. Graham & Co.)

The following colors are optional, but I may use some of them: Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Transparent Red Iron Oxide, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Dioxazine Purple, Ivory Black

  • Odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol or Turpenoid), no turpentine products, please.
  • Brush washing container
  • Palette for mixing paint
  • Palette knife for cleaning palette
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bag for used paper towels
  • Small sketchpad and pencil
  • Hat
  • Rain jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Drinking Water
  • (Optional) ViewCatcher viewing tool
  • (Optional) RayMar wet panel carrier for safely carrying your finished paintings
  • (Optional) Umbrella Kit from Easy-L for hot or rainy days