The following is a list of things to have when you come to paint!
Please be ready to paint when you arrive! There is an art store in Sedona, but it is suggested that you have your materials with you to save time. You may send your equipment ahead if you don't want to travel with all your gear. Use this check list to make sure you have everything you need:
Please bring an easel that is made for painting outdoors. All models of French Easel and Pochad Easels are acceptable. Artists trying to use studio equipment find they spend most of their time trying to adapt it to use outdoors and it is very difficult.
Their are several back packs available to hold French easels and pochad boxes. They will also hold the rest of your gear so that you can have your hands free while hiking. We do not hike far, usually not more than 100 yards, but a pack keeps things organized and your hands available for carrying back your wet painting.
Mr. Jennings uses the following colors:
Cobalt Blue Deep, Ultramarine Blue, Cad Red Deep, Cad Orange, Cad Yellow Deep, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Viridian, Burnt Umber, Alizarin Crimson, and Titanium/Zinc White (mix). I use either Rembrandt or Gamblin paints, although these lines are not mandatory. But please have all the colors listed along with any colors that you are used to using.
I use Brights - in sizes ranging from 3/4" - 1" widths in a sable or synthetic sable, not bristle. If you prefer bristle brushes you may use them, but it would be helpful to have one of the brushes I use in your collection. I use the Ruby Satin line of Silver Brushes in sizes 10 and 12. Please confirm that the brushes you buy are of the correct width when using other brands. Brush size designations ARE NOT uniform from one company to the next!
Bring panels ranging in size from 6x8 to 11x14. Plan on enough panels to do at least two paintings per day. Jennings recommends Ray Mar's line of plein air panels with medium tooth canvas. You may also use whatever you prefer. I tone my panels with a thin yellow ochre wash to produce a 'wheat colored' panel surface.
An umbrella that attaches to your easel will keep the sun off your painting, palette and you!
Painting Hat ( a must for outdoor painting )
Paper towels, sun block, insect repellent, brush cleaning solution, bungee cords ( always handy ), snacks and water. A sketch pad and pencil will come in handy as well. Plan on bringing you lunch each day.