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DPCS - The Nature of Space: Painting in Harvard Square - Jeremy Durling

We will begin painting indoors from a still life. The materials will be discussed thoroughly on our first day, as well as the mechanics of painting outside: how to pack, how to set up, how to choose a subject, etc. This will involve a demonstration of a number of different easels I’ve used over the years.

Required Materials:

  • Portable Easel
  • Paint box
  • Palette (wooden or butcher paper) It’s essential that this be portable, either held in the hand or attached to the easel
  • Palette cup
  • Palette Knife for both mixing and applying the paint
  • Small container of medium (walnut oil or half linseed half Gamsol) I’ve found the squeeze mustard bottles at the art store work perfectly
  • Brushes at least three #8 and three #6 with some smaller brushes of your choice. I prefer rounds and filberts personally, but shape is a matter of personal preference.
  • Sketchbook- no smaller than 12 by 18
  • A few sticks of willow or vine charcoal or graphite stick for drawing
  • Ebony pencil;
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Viewcath catcher-grey plastic viewfinder-an essential tool in the field
  • Rags or a roll of paper or blue shop towels (and a bag for dirty rags)
  • *If you should choose to pain with solvents it can only be Gamsol and must be in an airtight resealable container.


  • Yellow ochre (Williamsburg is my personal favorite)
  • Neutral red- indian red, red ochre, or raw sienna
  • One warm and one cool of each primary color-this will lay the foundation of our palette
  • Cool Yellow-lemon or Hansa
  • Warm Yellow-Cadmium
  • Cool red-alizarin crimson* or quinacridone
  • Warm red-Cadmium or Windsor red
  • Cool blue- french ultramarine*
  • Warm blue-cerulean or Cobalt
  • One large tube of Titanium White

*ultramarine and crimson will be combined to make black

Additional Materials

  • Hat with Visor
  • Suntan Lotion
  • Snack and drink

Painting supports

  • 1 pad Arches oil paper 9 by 12 or 12 by 18 (or a similar disposable material such as Canson Canvapaper)-for process work
  • 1 panel or Masonite to adhere paper to
  • 1 roll masking tape
  • Canvas or prepared panel-no smaller than 12 by 18, no larger than 18 by 24