Materials list

Materials List for Bob Graham workshop in oil



Taboret (T.V. tray)

Paper towels

Drop cloth or rug to place under easel and taboret (very important)


Oil painting:

Manufacturers have various names for their pigments but a full spectrum of colors should be something like this:


Manganese blue (cerulean, Pthalo)

Cobalt blue (permanent blue)


Ultramarine blue

Violet (cobalt, mauve)

Magenta (alizarin crimson)

Permanent rose (rose madder, terra rosa)

Cadmium red medium

Cadmium red light (vermilion, carmine)


Lemon yellow

Cadmium yellow medium

Cadmium green (light) (yellow green)

Permanent green

Emerald green (Pthalo, viridian)


Earth Colors:


Yellow ochre (raw sienna)

Burnt sienna

Mars violet

Indian red

Large tube white

Vine charcoal or stick charcoal (not compressed).


1 #8 (approx.) round sable brush

9 or more white bristle brushes, flats and rounds, filberts if you prefer, assorted sizes approximately #2 thru #5 (bring what you have).

Pallette knife

Pallette (wood or paper)

2 Canvas stretched, canvas panels, 12" x 16", 14”x18’ or 16”x20”.

Turpentine or mineral spirits

Small bottle of medium Taubes Grumbacher, etc.)


For people just starting out.

This is a complete list of the materials I generally use.  You may want to look at the sets that are available online from Dick Blick.  Once you see what you like there you can price hunt for the items if you want.  The sets are usually made of the small tubes (18 ml instead of the larger standard size of 37 ml.) but they have prushes etc. and the grouping of materials will be adequate for starting out.


If you don't have an easel let me know and I will find one for you.  If you have one please bring it.

If you have been painting just bring what you have that ordinarily works for you.




For Pastel Painting:



10 sheets Canson Mitentes Paper (steel grey or felt grey).

4 clips to attach paper to drawing board.

1 20”x24” drawing board Towel

Rembrandt, Sennelier, or Le Franc pastels (No oil pastels please). Bring as many pastels as you can get.

Rembrandt makes a set of 60 sticks that will do nicely. Pastels is an artist’s medium, not a toy, so they will be fairly expensive. This is a list of most of the colors you will need. Try to get several values of each color because while painting you may find the color you need but it may be too dark or too light f or your purpose. Pastel paint is not as easy to mix as oil, but with a little knowledge of the medium, many beautiful mixtures can be made.

Prussian blue       Rose                Burnt sienna
Ultramarine blue                    Caput mortum red                  Burnt umber
Cobalt blue                            Mars violet                             Raw umber
Pthalo blue                            Permanent red                       Lemon yellow
Blue violet                             Orange                                  Cadimum yellow
Violet                                   Indian red                              Chrome green light and deep
Alizarin crimson                    Yellow ochre                         Permanent green



Windsor and Newton stick charcoal, medium softness (not compressed charcoal).


A shallow tray or box to organize colors in (preferably with compartments and screen). .A lot of. emphasis will be put on color mixing but if you cannot afford the colors, get Nupastel Sepia and Ivory and Canson Mitentes paper, sand color, and you can work with values.