Thursdays, 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
Jan. 17–Feb. 28 (7 weeks)
La Jolla Studio


MATERIALS: You are welcome to work in acrylics or oils, whichever you prefer. I recommend beginning with acrylics if you have no painting experience. They are more forgiving when you are learning. (Everything should cost less than $100. BUY GOOD BRUSHES!)


Oils: Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Alizarin Crimson (Winsor & Newton is recommended), Cadmium Yellow Light. Acrylics: Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium (or Hansa Yellow Medium), Cadmium Red Medium (or Naphthol Crimson), Titanium White; cloth rag for brushes; water container.


Brushes: I use Robert Simmons Signet #2, #4 and #6 (Artist & Craftsman Supply: 3rd & Robinson in Hillcrest). Also a soft synthetic bristle brush #2 and a liner/rigger are helpful. A soft small synthetic brush (#2) is also very useful.


Palette: The large Masterson blue and white plastic palette is a good investment ($20) and get the palette paper that fits inside. Or you can also go with a disposable paper palette but get one that is 12˝ x 16˝ (at least).


Canvas: Small canvas panels (4–6) are light, cheap, and easy to carry. Keep the sizes small, 9˝ x 12˝ and 12˝ x 16˝ max.


Other: Solvent tank or a jar with tight lid for odorless mineral spirits to clean brushes (a small glass recycled jar works fine); small, metal trowel-type palette knife ($7) with a blade less than 2˝ long; small palette cup for Liquin, gel medium (dryers); paper towels, black felt-tip pen (Sharpie) and small sketchbook for notes/drawing; a viewfinder or cropping corners; thin vine charcoal (optional).