Materials Requirements

A standard French easel, either full or half-size is recommended. Also students may use a take it easel (Anderson Easel or Gloucester Easel) or any one of the pochade easel set ups that are available today. A standard wooden palette is also recommended - no paper palettes please!

A variety of canvas panels or stretched canvases are recommended in sizes 8" x 10" and 16" x 20." Students should plan on doing at least three starts a day. Please remember that there are no art stores on the island.

The paint recommended for this workshop is the palette used by R. H. Ives Gammell and his teacher William M Paxton.  Mandatory colors:
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Scarlet
  • Cadmium Lemon
  • Cadmium Yellow Pale
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Viridian
  • Cerulean Blue (real)
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Ultramarine Deep
  • Flake White (You may substitute Zinc or Titanium White if you have safety concerns with Flake White.)
Optional colors: Permanent Rose, Yellow Ochre Pale

A selection of bristle brushes are recommended in rounds, filberts and flats, sizes 2 - 12 in most brands. Also a number of small sable rounds are advised, sizes 1 - 4. Escoda, Rosemary and Raphael are recommended.

Students should prepare for all types of weather, and a good hat with a visor is a must!
Note to those of you attending the Maine workshop: Although Maine can be glorious this time of year, it can also be chilly. Especially at night.

Paper towels, plastic bags for disposal of rags, palette knife, shade umbrella and turpentine or other kind of solvent.  Tom recommends Pure Gum Spirits of turpentine which is 100% pure and can be obtained from Diamond G Forest Products.

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