Supply List for Painting in Watercolor with Energy and Expression at Tanque Verde Ranch:
140 lb. Arches, Fabriano, Winsor & Newton, Jack Richeson, or any quality brand 100% cotton fiber sheet or block. Cold press. Full sheets are 22” x 30”. Cut in half or quarters.
Any hard surface such as Masonite, Plexiglas, or Formica cut ½” larger than the size paper you are using.
Any commercial watercolor palette with a cover and a large mixing area for paints.
Use only tube paint. Winsor & Newton, Holbein, M. Graham & Co., Daniel Smith, Martin/F. Weber Co. (Mission Gold line by Mijello), and Golden Artist Colors (QoR Watercolors line) are makers of professional, good quality paint. Do not buy “student grade” paint.
Mel’s basic palette:
Winsor & Newton, Robert Simmons, Jack Richeson, Raphael, and Isabey are quality brands. No. 12 and No. 14 round synthetic hair or sable (No. 8 or No. 10 will do if you plan to work 15” or 12” or smaller), 1” flat synthetic hair or sable, 2” flat camel hair or sable, No. 4 rigger. The sable and nylon synthetics are less expensive to buy than pure kolinsky sables and they do the job; however, a No. 12 round kolinsky sable is of superior quality and an overall good size to work with.
4 strong clips to fasten paper to board (found at art and office supply stores)
large, natural sponge for wetting paper
rectangular,cellulose, synthetic sponge
tissues; rag or paper towels for wiping brushes
flat, plastic container approximately 6’’x 9”x 2” to hold water
screw-top, plastic container or canteen to carry water
sketch book or pad
#2B or 4B pencil (no “h” pencils)
in case of inclement weather bring photos and/or sketches of landscapes and people in landscapes for reference for indoor painting. Mel will bring blow-up photos of his own, which students are welcome to use during class time.
OUTDOOR PAINTING EQUIPMENT
If you paint standing up, bring a lightweight easel with either an attached tray that can hold a palette, brushes, and a water container or a small, lightweight folding tray table that can hold your equipment. If you paint sitting, bring a lightweight, aluminum, folding camping stool or folding chair and a small folding table for your equipment. You may want to use an umbrella that attaches to your easel to shade your painting from the sun.