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En Plein Air painting supply list--by Joni Finnegan

En Plein Air Oil Painting by Joni Finnegan
En Plein Air Oil Painting by Joni Finnegan
© Joni Finnegan

If you were to paint en plein air style, what would you need to accomplish your masterpiece? Maybe you have never done that style of painting before. Joni Finnegan, a well known award winning artist in Lanesboro, Minnesota, will be teaching a two day workshop on en plein air painting, March 30-31, at the Austin Area Art Center. Come and learn how do this style of painting and then head out en plein air!

Finnegan has put together a list of the following items that are needed for this class and for further use as an artist who envelopes this style of oil painting.

  1. French Easel or a pochade box with a tripod or some portable easel and palette set up. If you have a stand alone easel, bring it along. A folding TV tray or a camping table to hold extras supplies is a great idea.
  2. Palette: A wooden or disposable palette is essential. If wooden, it needs to be well seasoned with six coats of linseed oils.
  3. Brushes: Hog boar bristle brushes, flats and brights in sizes 4-10. A script liner or red sable round. If you have any filberts bring them with.
  4. Palette Knife: spade shaped, one for sure, two if you have them. Smaller sizes are preferred
  5. Canvas: Use canvas board panels or tape sheets of pre primed canvas to a backing board. Bring along 6 panels in a variety of sizes, 11x14, 8x10, 9x12 and 6x8
  6. Small sketch book pocket sized 3.5 x 5 or 8 x10 and a pencil for sketching.
  7. Oil Paints: Joni recommends the following Artist oil colors by Rembrandt, Winsor Newton, M. Graham, Utrecht, Gamblin. If you have a favorite, good artists quality paint, use it. Color section she will bring is as follows. Bring any other colors you already have. Joni's color selection is Titantium White, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Yellow Light, Viridian, Ultramarine Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Yellow ochre, Cobalt Blue, Cadmium Red Light or Permanent Red Medium by Rembrandt
  8. Miscellaneous Important items: mineral spirits, brush washing container, brush holder, view finder, a whole roll of paper towels, and plastic grocery bags for towel disposal A billed cap, Sunscreen and insect repellant, Drinking water and any snacks you’ll need, camera, baby wipes or hand wipes, and a clamp on umbrella if you have it.

The biggest challenge Joni says is now to pack all of this in easy carry along bags, rolling suitcase, back pack, or whatever works for you!

There you have it! All you need to go en plein air! And, you have a great instructor for the 2 day workshop! For questions, call the center at 507-433-8451.


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