A few words about Material

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for your experience and your most successful outcome to paint with the best possible material. By that, I mean not only the best quality material that you can afford, but also the right tool for the right job. It is part of your training to know your material well and to organize it for its best usage, so that you can free your mind for more important tasks.
Also, you understand that it is more important that you have good materials when you are a beginner than when you are a professional. Any help you can get as a beginner will move you forward. Professionals know enough to work in harder conditions.
I will always be happy to help you with this important matter.
Brushes are a good example. If you want to apply paint in big, bold brush strokes, you do need to use hog bristle brushes because nylon or sable brushes will not give you expressive strokes when used with oil paint. If you want to paint loose, mysterious, abstract, expressive, impressionistic masses, it will be easier to use larger brushes than small brushes. If you want scratchy, transparent, structured strokes, bright brushes will do an excellent job. If you want sensitivity, thick strokes, blending and soft edges, filberts will do best.

To order material, download the form and email Brigitte Curt


Plein Air Easel

From your instructor

Our favorite is the Mabef M22 available at local art stores. Please check prices. I can order for you a Mabef-like easel at a significantly reduced price. This is also a Beech wood easel of good quality for $126.00 incl. tax and shipping.  It is working beautifully for the students who are using it.
Please do not purchase a cheap imitation for $75.00, the wood is too weak and will not last very long.  A cheap easel will not function properly after a few months and the rest of the story is not good. Let's not go there. If you already have plein air easel like the Julian or another kind, please talk to me.  A lot of them work well. It is necessary to have an easel with a pull out drawer in order to mix paint on a large palette, which of course makes a great of difference in your learning

Painting panels

From your instructor

Outdoors, you want to paint a lot of manageable size canvases like 9 x 12. You can paint on commercially prepared, canvas boards. We prefer Fredrix which is always available from me.
Avoid the cheap brands such as "Wolsey" and "Art Advantage" canvas boards,.  The quality is extremely poor and you will struggle with an extremely absorbent surface. Not a good choice when you have so much more to do.  If you are a beginner, for now Fredrix will be perfect to learn and experiment on. Mounting your panels on a large board makes it much easier for you to paint and to develop gestural brush strokes. No need to struggle with little size boards on the easel. You will need 2 "support boards" .

Better quality canvas boards
We have an associate that makes high quality canvases , 12 oz mounted on archival boards. This is what I am using. If you want o paint on hand made 12oz canvas like I do, see judi's price lis

This is for intermediate /advanced students, who are also using my varnish.

A wet panel carrying box

To safely carry your paintings home, you can use a wet panel carrier from Peggy at "Artwork Essentials" (1 949 856 2196). for around $60.00. Please call her and tell her you are my student, and to send your order to you, right away.
If you prefer a more economical option, you can use either a pizza box or a USPS box that will carry your 9 x 12. They are sturdy and free. Pick up a few at a time, you will need more than one box to take your wet panels home. The post office box works beautifully.

Two support boards

from your instructor

Purchased from your instructor, two 18 x 24 x 1/8" mahogany skins on which to staple panels and makes a fabulous palette. They will function alternatively. It is easier to have more than two, so you can transfer colors easily. Two of them is the bare minimum, you will always use one for a palette and one for a support board.


from Peggy 1 - 949 856 2196

Hog Bristle Filbert only. There is a great difference in performance between good brushes and exceptional brushes. I use the brushes from www.artworkessentials.com. You will need two #2, 6, and #10 and four #12 Note: four brushes #12 is the minimum. If you are on a budget, please skip the numbers 6 and 9. If at all possible buy more #12


from your instructor

The matter of quality (pigment content - malleability) can be confusing because most paints look alike in the tube. To test the pigment content of a particular color, you need to mix it with other colors including white, and see how it holds its chroma (intensity, cleanliness) in the mixtures, and compare this color with other brands. It can be tedious and confusing. To simplify the all thing, here is the shortcut version.

We recommend Dana colors, the best colors made at a comparable price. We recommend them for their high chroma content and their malleability. This is the paint we use. We order these colors directly from the factory and you can get the factory prices from me.  Rembrandt, Old Holland, Lefranc Bourgeois & Gamblin are good grades. Grumbacher and Utrecht are poor. Van Gogh, Rowney and Winton (the student grade of Winsor Newton) are not suited for our purpose.

Your paint should be creamy and soft, so you can use it without having to dilute it with paint thinner, it should blend easily and allow you to make strong strokes when you need them. It should also be chromatic enough so that your mixtures are not dead. The most beautiful colors we use are our complex mixtures because the basic colors were rich to start with.

Basic Palette for Landscape

Dana Set - 4oz. large tubes from your instructor.

Titanium White - Naples Yellow - Cadmium Yellow Medium - Cadmium Yellow Orange - Hansa Yellow Orange - Cadmium Orange - Fire Red -Transparent Red Oxide - Quinacridone Red - Ultramarine Blue Deep -  Payne's Grey. - Phthalo Green - Sap Green - Cadmium Green.

Complete Palette

These colors can be added progressively as you develop a better knowledge of the mixtures (not necessarily in this order)
Cadmium Yellow Light - Yellow Ochre - Mars Orange - Fire Red - Cobalt Blue - Carbazole Violet

Solvent "Artworks Odorless Thinner+ (white plastic container)

Available from your instructor, 1 gallon size and a coil jar to wash your brushes, if you already have Turpenoid - in the blue can, it is the same product. Do not buy or use the Turpenoid Natural in a green can (this is a brush cleaner and not to be used in painting).

Brush Flush

from your instructor

Special soap for dried paint on brushes and clothes, liquid, soft on the brushes, not toxic,


A sketchbook and Prismacolor pencils

Available from your instructor.

An Exacto knife to sharpen the pencil to a proper point and a little box or purse to carry all the sketching material.

Clay Shaper, #16 extra firm, Angle Chisel

from your instructor.

This is an essential tool, it lifts paint cleanly, also know as "the lifter."  It is your best friend whatever your level. Don"t paint without it.

Other equipment

  • Umbrella from Peggy at 1 (949) 856 2196
  • Freezer paper. From a large Safeway store. Usually in the cooking aisle this is a plastic coated paper, 18 inches long, no alternative
  • A staple gun - JT 21 - with 6mm staples. NO heavy duty, itwould damage the board
  • A tool box. 15 inches long minimum with a tray, will carry everything you need. From any hardware store
  • Saran wrap. large rolls can be found at Costco or other source
  • Masking tape
  • Viva paper towel from Target or other places
  • Hat or visor to protect your eyes from reflected light, and sunscreen as needed
  • Personal garbage bag - a large grocery paper bag that stands on its own on the ground. Alternatives available
  • Barrier cream such as Art Guard from Winsor Newton at you local art store. You can also use any heavy hand cream to protect your skin. Mostly never use paint thinner to clean your hands and yo will be safe
  • Brush holder large tin can or other container with office clip
  • Baby wipes. Very helpful at all time
  • A stool or a folding chair will be practical, particularly when watching demonstrations
  • Bunjee cords a long solid one to hold your palette in place, and a thin one if you have an umbrella

From your instructor

  • Coil Jar to wash brushes while you paint. 
  • Painting knife, good quality flexible, triangular shape.

To know the price of material and place and order please look at the material order sheet which is updated regularly.

I am looking forward to have a chance to be working with you!