Acrylic or Oil paints
Professional-quality, brand name supplies cost a bit more, but are worth it.
Suggested colors (Note there is NO BLACK OR PAYNE’S GRAY LISTED!):
Quinacridone red or violet or napthol crimson or Permanent Alizarine
Cadmium red medium or light
Cadmium yellow medium or light
Yellow ochre or raw sienna or yellow oxide
Thalo (phthalocyanine) blue or Prussian blue
Phthalo green or viridian and/or sap or Hooker’s green
Optional - Hansa yellow
Painting surface: Prestretched canvases or canvas or other panels
Try at least 12 x 16" - smaller is not easier! - 18 x 24" is even better
Brushes: Large and small sizes – natural bristle (for oil) or synthetic bristle (for acrylic)
Flats, brights or filberts (#10, 8, 6, 4, and 1 or 2)
One or two small round brushes with a good point.
(Suggestion: Princeton 6300 “Dakota” for acrylics, also work for oils)
Palettes: Disposable palette pads are fine. A piece of Masonite can be used for a long time. Or china, glass, plexiglas. A tight-sealing plastic palette or container (like flat Tupperware) is good for storing and transporting wet paint. (Palettes with mixing wells are for watercolors.)
Solvent and mediums:
For oils (Necessary):
Odorless mineral spirits (“Turpenoid” or Gamsol — for thinning and brush cleaning)
Linseed oil and/or Liquin or Galkyd, or similar glazing/quick-drying medium
For acrylics (Optional):
Acrylic gloss medium, retarding medium, various specialty mediums for textures or effects
Refillable spray bottle for water .
Large jars, coffee cans, plastic tubs.
Mineral spirits must be in tightly sealable container for transport.
Drawing tools: Pencils are OK, but soft vine charcoal is better; watercolor pencils are very good
Kneaded eraser or other type of eraser
Rags or paper towels
Also useful: Masking tape, palette knife, old toothbrushes, ruler or yardstick, clip to hold photo references, brush soap
DFAC provides easels, taborets (carts to hold supplies) and stools. No need to bring your own.
Shop locally at Blick Art Materials (West Shore, Tampa) and AOE Supply (56th St, Tampa), Ace Hardware, Dunedin. Michaels and JoAnns with coupons. Online: dickblick.com, jerrysartarama.com.
For studio classes, bring your own choice of reference (not other artists’ work) for subject matter, or expect to choose from photos or still life setups. Or plan to develop abstract concepts. All styles encouraged!