Portrait Class Materials List:

(Note: Students will only need drawing materials for the first day of class. These materials are only recommendations based on what I use - whatever materials you already have and are most familiar with will most likely be suitable for our purposes.  Please ask if there are questions prior to purchasing.)


Drawing Materials: (click below for links to materials)

  • Drawing paper (currently I use a toned Stonehenge paper - Fawn/Cream/Natural/Grey color)

  • Several drawing pencils in range of  softness 4H, 2H, H, B (I use Tombow brand)

  • White Chalk (I use General’s Primo Euro White charcoal)

  • Kneadable eraser

  • MONO Zero Eraser, Silver Round

  • Large knitting needle, paint brush or equivalent instrument for comparative measuring.

  • Drawing board with clips and artist tape.

  • Small handheld Mirror (optional)

Transferring Materials:

  • Artist tape

  • Tracing paper

  • Oleoresgel or some other alkyd drying medium

  • Raw Umber oil paint

  • Paper Towels



Please bring your own travel easel as one will not be provided for you. 

I will be using the Paintbook by Edge Pro Gear


Painting Materials:

● Canvas: Stretched or on panel, lead/oil/acrylic primed, smooth linen - size 10x12 to 14x18

  • Toned light grey (Vandyck Brown and white with Gamsol)

● Oil paint: I generally prefer Michael Harding or Rublev Paints - I have listed these in order, clockwise as seen on my pallette. 

(Again, it is not necessary to have these exact pigments.)

○ Ivory Black (Williamsburg)

○ Van Dyke Brown (Gamblin)

○ Cobalt Violet (Michael Harding)

○ Cobalt/Ultramarine Blue Michael Harding)

○ Viridian (Michael Harding)

○ Lead white (Rublev- lead white #2) (*Titanium white is ok, but will dry more slowly.)

○ Lead-tin yellow (Rublev)

○ Aureolin (Michael Harding) (Cadmium yellow is a fine substitute)

○ Yellow Ochre Deep (Michael Harding)

○ Transparent Oxide Yellow (Michael Harding)

○ Raw Umber (Michael Harding)

○ Genuine Vermillion (Rublev) (Cadmium red is a fine substitute)

○ Magenta (Michael Harding)

○ Alizarin Crimson (Michael Harding)

○ Transparent Oxide Brown (Michael Harding)


● Brushes - Rosemary & Co 

● Metal palette knife

● Mahl Stick

● Paper towels

● Orderless Mineral Spirits – Gamsol

● Proper jar/vessel to contain Gamsol

● Mediums: I use a variety in my normal practice. In short, we use mediums to alter the transparency, drying time and handling properties of the paint (among other things). Here are some of my standards:

  • Rublev (www.naturalpigments.com/oil-painting/mediums.html) has a good line of mediums:
  • **Oleoresgel** (This is the only medium that I recommend you have for this workshop as it hastens the drying time between layers.  Any fast drying, or alkyd based medium will do.)
  • Sun-thickened linseed oil
  • Walnut Oil Gel
  • Epoxide Oil Gel
  • Balsam Essential Oil Medium
  • Velazquez Medium