Impressionism - Supply List

PAINTS: These are the colors I recommend for class.  They are modern day equivalents or actual colors used by the artists.


White –Titanium or Flake 


One Warm Yellow – Cadmium Yellow

One Cool Yellow - Lemon Yellow or Hansa Yellow  

Naples Yellow (optional)

One Earth Yellow - Yellow Ochre, Oxide Yellow or Raw Sienna (optional)


One Warm Red –Vermillion, Cad Red light, Cad Scarlet, or Cad medium

One Cool Red - Alizarin Crimson


French Ultramarine (necessary color)

Cobalt Blue (*optional due to the high cost of this color) 

Cerulean Blue (nice to have for sky)


One Earth GreenL: Oxide of Chromium 

One cool Green: Viridian or other transparent emerald green 


Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber

Black - Ivory Black 


I like:  Winsor and Newton, Rembrandt, Williamsburg or Gamblin (avoid student grade or any paint containing the wood hue)


Canvas –

White (Cotton or Linen) Medium or Rough texture, any size between 8 x 10, 9 x 12, 11 x 14, 16 x 20 or  18 x 24 


For the first day bring some canvas sheets or a canvas pad for exercises.

I like to have an 8 x 10 white canvas pad so I can keep exercises in a binder or folder to reference later. 




I recommend bringing various sizes of flat or filbert hog hair brushes in various sizes like these.


Flat hogs hair brushes



Trash bag (all trash must be taken home with you)
Vine charcoal (optional for drawing on canvas)


Solvent: May be labeled Oderless mineral spirits, Gamsol or Turpenoid (Do NOT buy the Green label – it smells horrible and is just for cleaning brushes)

Examples of acceptable Solvents.


Solvent Container:  I like to use a container with a lid for transporting solvent.          

Examples of good  Solvent containers

Paper Towels ( I like soft paper towels that don’t leave lint, like Blue Shop Towels or Viva.


I like to use a glass palette with gray paper underneath when painting in my studio. But, for traveling to class I recommend using disposable gray sheets of palette paper. Gray is recommended over white to help judge colors better.

Gray pad of palette paper



Sources for materials

Jerry’s Artarama:

Art Supply Warehouse:

Dick Blick:

Silver Brush

Plaza Art Supply Store in Fairfax on Nutley Street (


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