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Hearding, Catherine – Painting Water on Water (Plein Air Workshop)

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This class will have limited space, so our supply kits will necessarily be small. Each person will have space to sit comfortably and there will be a small circular table, shared by 4 people, to set out water and supplies. The boat has a canvas covering in the rear, but no covering on the forward seats. Students will change seat locations during the day so that everyone has a chance to sit in the shade.  

Bring:

  • A hat, preferably with a broad brim 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Sunglasses will be a good idea, even though they can be problematic when painting, due to color shifts. But if we cannot get the paper in shade, they will help more than hinder. 
  • You are welcome to wear a swimsuit if you wish, but make sure you have cover-up clothing to protect from the sun. 
  • Bring a bag lunch and any other food that you will need. Water will be provided. 
  • Bring a camera or cell phone to take a picture of your subject for reference later. 

Art Supplies

  • 9 x12″ or smaller Arches cold pressed watercolor block. You will be working on your lap, so using a watercolor block will be more efficient than single sheets.
    OR
  • Small watercolor sketchbook: there are many spiral bound books, including Arches, Kilimanjaro, Daler-Rowney, American Journey or a Moleskin bound notebook. Just make sure that you get professional grade paper.

Paints

  • A small pocket watercolor field kit set of half pan colors. I use an American Journey empty metal palette and 12 empty full pans, which I fill with my own tube colors.
    OR
  • Make your own outdoor kit from your tubes by squeezing some paint into small bottle caps and gluing into a small box or container. The lid must be large enough to mix your paint.
  • You will need a warm primary triad of red, yellow, and blue and a cool primary triad of the same hues. Six pigments are all you need, but you can add more if you have favorite colors.

Suggested colors: select one from each line

  • Permanent Rose or Alizarin Crimson
  • Brown Madder, Burnt Sienna, Winsor Red or Cadmium Scarlet
  • Winsor Blue (phthalo blue), Prussian Blue or Antwerp Blue
  • Cobalt Blue or Ultramarine Blue
  • Winsor Yellow or New Gamboge
  • Aureolin, Hansa Yellow or Winsor Lemon

Brushes

I would suggest a #10 or #12 round with a good point will do everything you need to do. You may include a slightly larger wash brush if you wish. It is easy to lose brushes when painting outdoors, so keep the number to a minimum.

Other Supplies

  • Water container + extra water.
  • Sponge, terry towel or paper towel to wipe the brush.
  • Drawing pen, if you want to do watercolor and ink sketches. I use Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens, but any drawing pen with permanent ink will do.
  • Drawing pencil – 2B   
  • Artist’s tape, if you want to tape your edges.
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June 17, 2019

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