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David Dunlop's Workshop

Supplies can be found at Jerry's Artarama:

NOTE: These are some of the supplies that David will be using, it is not a requirement that students bring any particular brands of paints or brush. The supply list is separated into four sections: Items everyone should bring and then supplemental items for acrylic, oil and watercolor painters. Please feel free to bring your usual paints and brushes and supplement with any new colors David outlines below, he’s a very experienced instructor and will work with whatever supplies you bring!

- PALETTTE: Covered Palette Box with Palette Paper Appropriate for Oil, Acrylic or Watercolor
- SURFACES: (what you paint on) David paints on all kinds of surfaces, please bring a variety or your choice to experiment with, smoother surfaces are better for this workshop. Bring a range of sizes between 8x10 – 9x12, smaller sizes are better for this workshop, at least 2 per day. You can never have too many surfaces at your disposal.
· Smooth canvas boards (Centurion linen from Jerrys Artarama is the most economical
· portrait canvas (linen) pads
· smooth canvas pads
· galvanized steel, copper, aluminum, and anodized aluminum (available at Home Depot)
· acrylic varnished 140 lb. watercolor paper
- BRUSHES: Bring whatever brushes you normally use for your medium in a variety of sizes and shapes. David uses soft synthetic or watercolor brushes to achieve his technique, if you would like to supplement your brushes with some really soft ones, see specific brands and sizes below. He even uses watercolor brushes for oil and acrylic painting.

- Also bring a couple of inexpensive primer brushes withhog bristles (Home Depot) that are excellent for stippling, or fan effects.
- Containers for Mediums: Containers for mediums. Please bring lids for oil containers so you can cover it overnight. Bring large water containers for acrylic and watercolor.
- Golden Polymer Varnish – The gallery will provide a jar of this varnish since many of you are traveling via air or car, but please feel free to bring your own as well.
- Photo References. You can bring your own photos or use David’s. If you bring your own photos make sure they have water or sky subject matter for Days 1 and 2. David will advise you on what type of photo to bring for Day 3’s Color Lesson.

- PAPER TOWELS (David uses Bounty)
- Sketch Pad and sketching materials
- Artists tape (low tack blue painter’s tape, we have a couple of rolls here at the gallery)
- A portable floor easel. A self-contained French easel is best but if you have a portable aluminum easel the gallery has some tray tables you canuse, please email to reserve one ahead of time.
- Notebook and pen/pencil for note taking
- A comfortable chair to use during lecture portion if you have back or mobility issues, we have very basic card table style chairs


PAINTS: David uses Charvin, Old Holland or Senenelier oil paints, but please bring whatever brand you have and don’t purchase new tubes). For the colors that are brand specific I included a link to some color swatches on Old Holland website so you can see how the color equates that what you already have)

- Titanium white
- Ultramarine Blue
- Citron Yellow
- Gamboge Yellow
- Transparent Red Oxide
- Scheveningen Red (Old Holland color) Middle OR Napthol Red
- Vermillion

Supplemental Colors:
- Quinacridone Magenta or Fuschia
- Carmine lake
- Imperial Green (Charvin color)
- A primary yellow
- Cyan or Azure blue

David has researched the work of past great masters and discovered many did not use turpentine or solvents, they just used oils, like linseed, poppy or walnut. For cleaning your brushes you can use them and, follow up with soap and water or, use a biodegradable non-toxic degreaser like Soysolv. Solvents are not required when oil painting. If you wish to use a solvent then David recommends Gamsol or Eco House. Walnut oil is often times available in large, economically priced bottles at TJ Maxx near the olive oil in the food section.

BRUSHES (please bring whatever brushes you have on hand, brands are not important, just sizes and variety). If you want to experiment with softer synthetic brushes or watercolor, here’s what David uses, PLEASE BRING WHATEVER YOU HAVE.

Soft synthetic flats (watercolor wash brushes by Pro Arte Prolenge Connoisseur, or Isabey or Rafael or Da Vinci or Silvertone or Polar Flo)
Any good synthetic nylon-type sables… a couple of 2” flats and 1" flats to 1/2” flats and rounds, perhaps a #12, #2. And 2" and 1” and, 1?2” inexpensive bristle brushes, and a bristle fan brush.


David uses Lascaux’s, Golden or Charvin brand Acrylics.

- Transparent Red Oxide (or Burnt Sienna),
- Ultramarine blue,
- Quinacridone violet,
- vermillion or cadmium red light,
- turquoise or cyan
- cobalt blue,
- Titanium white,
- Gamboge or Hansa Yellow and cadmium yellow (Hansa and Gamboge are transparent and Cadmium is an opaque yellow)
• Bring any other supplemental colors you normally paint with

- In addition to Golden polymer gloss varnish you can also bring a retarder or a bottle of Golden's new Open Medium (gloss).
- Large container to hold water.

- A variety of bristle flats and rounds plus some softer synthetics if you want to experiment with David’s techniques.


David uses Lukas Aquarelle 1862 tubes, Old Holland or Sennelier tube watercolors

- Titanium Highlighting White (required white, can also bring others)
- Ultramarine blue,
- Scheveningen Blue Light(Old Holland),
- Scheveningen Red Middle (Old Holland)
- Carmine
- Scheveningen yellow (Old Holland),
- Gamboge Yellow (Old Holland)
- Cyan
- Transparent Red Oxide
- Burnt Siena

Bring any other supplemental colors you usually paint with

- Razor blades
-White conte crayon or chalk pastels, David uses some pastels along with acrylics and oils when demoing in watercolor.
- Container to hold water
-If you’re interested in trying egg tempera then bring a small quantity of acrylic gesso and we will have eggs available.