Artist Getaway
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MATERIAL LIST Workshop: Atmospheric Landscape and Street Scene in Watercolor

ROLANDO S BARRERO,  Plein Air Watercolor Artist

(Please bring whatever materials or supplies make your painting experience the most comfortable. But as general rule – and especially if we are able to paint outdoors – keeping materials to a minimum as possible will make for a much more enjoyable time.

SKETCHBOOK & SKETCH PENCIL: Any comfortable size sketchbook, sketching pencil with soft lead (2B) and soft white kneaded eraser.

WATERCOLOR PAPER: Good quality surface – I recommend Arches or Saunders 140 lb. Cold press or rough surface – a minimum of bout 5 quarter or half-sheet sizes will be needed and to be tapes on board ( ¼”plywood or Masonite) will be needed. Also good quality watercolor blocks (arches for example) are fine.

I will primarily using quarter-sheets (11x15 inches) and half-sheets (15x22 inches) of Saunders 140 lb. rough stretched or taped to a board for demos, studio, and field painting.

WATERCOLOR PALLETTE: Any type with which you are most comfortable, but it must allow for at least three good-sized mixing wells.

I use a 12 inch folding metal Holbein plein air palette and/or Craig Young plein air Paint Box for both studio and plein air painting.

PIGMENTS: At the very least, 3 high-quality tube colors: a red, a blue and a yellow ( primary colors). But I suggest the complimentary combinations of Cobalt Blue / Light Red; Ultramarine Blue / Burnt Siena; Yellow Ochre / Violet; Viridian / Alizarin Crimson.

I will be using the following palette of pigments by Windsor Newton and Holbein. Cad Yellow light, Yellow Ocher, Light Red, Burnt Sienna, Cad. Orange, Cad Red, Alizarin Crimson, Viridian, Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine. ( Special colors: Lavender, Mineral Violet and Neutral Tint ).

BRUSHES: I suggest a minimum of 4 brushes – a #6 squirrel mop by Princeton Neptune Quill or equivalent, and a #8 and #14 Escoda Perla or Escoda Versatil rounds and a #4Rigger.
I will be using a number of mops and several rounds, a large and small flats and a #4 Rigger. (All are available at Dick Blick in Berkeley store except rounds which can be ordered online also from Dick Blick at very reasonable prices and are good quality.)

Plus MISCELLANEOUS: Masking tape, light weight water container, water sprayer, small sea sponge, and paper towels are needed. ( I will have hard copy handouts to everybody about basics on perspective drawings which is essential in street painting, sketching, composition, etc.)