Artist Resources

Artist Resources

Local and Online Art Supplies

Cheap Joes –

Gamblin –

Dick Blick –

Utrecht –

Daniel Smith –

The Duck Store – Art Store (University of Oregon),, Eugene, Oregon

Oregon Art Supply –, Eugene, Oregon

UCC Bookstore – Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, Oregon

Michael’s – , Garden Valley Shopping Center, Roseburg, Oregon

Jarvis Custom Frame Shop, Roseburg, Oregon

Dot Dotson’s Camera Shop,, Eugene, Oregon

Pro Photo,, Portland, Oregon


Recommended Materials for Plein Air Participants

For the Acrylic (traditional or open) Painter:

– French easel or box with tripod
– Paper towels
– Clean water and an empty container for dirty water. You could use water bottles.
– Brushes: #4 and #2 bright #3 and #1 round, small liner. I use synthetic/bristle blends – the liner is softer
– Paint either open or regular – Golden brand is good
– Titanium white
– Quinacridone gold
– Cadmium yellow primrose
– Cadmium yellow medium
– Cadmium red medium
– Alizarin crimson
– Quinacridone magenta
– Pthalo blue (green shade)
– Ultramarine blue
– Medium if you use it
– Pallet – You can use the one in your guerilla box – you can put down a wet paper towel and a disposable pallet sheet. Can use any sealable plastic pallet. Either with wet sponge they come with or wet paper towel and pallet paper. You don’t need the wet towel if using open acrylics.
– Small spray bottle with water.

For Both Painters:

– A cup of some sort for rinse water
– Canvas or panels
– Sunscreen
– Hat
– Chapstick
– Mosquito Spray
– Bag for trash
– Plastic clamps to attach rinse water cup and trash bag (optional)
– Small folding chair or stool is nice
– Umbrella that attaches to easel or sticks in the ground is nice
– Water to drink
– Snack
– Dress in layers (Dark colors are non-reflective and best)
– Camera

For the Oil Painter (traditional or oil):

– French easel or box with tripod
– Paper towels
– Clean water and / or turp and an empty container for dirty water. You could use water bottles or small metal container.
– Titanium White (Windsor Newton 150 ml tube)
– Lemon Yellow
– Yellow
– Cad. Yellow/orange
– Red
– Alizarin Crimson
– Ultramarine Blue
– Cerulean Blue
– Viridian
– Raw Sienna
– Yellow Ochre
– Thinner – You can use water but sometimes thinner is necessary. In small amounts, any thinner will do- Gamsol works well.
– Brush Cleaner – Add approximately 1 tablespoon of Turpenoid Natural per cup of water. Get a spill proof brush washing container. “The Masters” Brush Cleaner is for cleaning brushes at the end of the day.
– Medium – You might use synthetic Silver Brush “Ruby Satin” Brights, because they hold up better with all the exposure to water.
– Brushes – Brights (No’s. 8-12)
and a filbert (No. 8)
– A small palette knife optional
– Pallet – You can use the one in your Painting Box or other painters pallet.

“How Does a Juried Show Work?” Resource now available!

We have lots of juried art shows at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association, but how do they really work? Find out how the basics of juried shows here!

Copyright Survival Course

Everything you need to know about a copyright! Click here!

Artwork Hanging Systems

Arakawa Hanging Systems, Portland 888-272-5292

Quality Jpeg images of your artwork?

John Waller; Imaging by Fox:

Fine Art & Antique Appraisals

Cathryn Sharlkey Larsen, GCA Certified Appraiser #00573

Monthly Reads

Book Reads

  • Alla Prima – Everything I Know About Painting, by Richard Schmid
  • Landscape Painting Inside and Out, by Kevin MacPherson

Historical Artists of Interest

Painters:Anders Zorn
John Singer Sargent
Joaquin Sorolla
Alphonse Mucha -Designer Art Nouveau
Nicolai Fechin
Academic Realists:William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Carolus-Duran (J. S. Sargent’s teacher)
Jean-Leon Gerome
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
John William Waterhouse
Photographers:Ansel Adams
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Walker Evans
Edward Weston
Imogen Cunningham


How to Define Your Medium

Here are some guidelines for defining art mediums:

  • Original Painting– Oil, watercolor, pastel, pen-and ink, charcoal, acrylic, etc. Include the type of substrate (e.g., Oil on canvas, Oil on board, watercolor on paper, etc).
  • Mixed media – using watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, collage, painting on photograph, etc.  Note: All Mixed media pieces must define the different media used (e.g., pastels on watercolor, watercolor on ink, collage of acrylics and newsprint, oil paint on photographic print, etc).
  • Sculpture– Bronze, stone, wood, etc.
  • Ceramics – Raku, stoneware, porcelain including firing techniques like high, low, electric kiln etc.
  • Fiber Art – weaving, batik, basketry, quilts including type of fiber material.
  • Fine Art Print – Serigraph (silk screen), lino-print, woodcut print, etching, engraving, etc.
  • Monoprint – Defined as one of a series of reproductions of original artwork in which each print has some individual and unique differences of color, design, texture, etc., applied to the underlying common image.
  • Digital Painting – Paintings or drawings done by hand on a computer using software painting and drawing tools. Note: Capable of being printed more than once. Describe type of print (e.g., Ink jet print of a digital painting).
  • Computer-generated Representation – Illustrations generated directly by the computer from mathematical equations. Note: Capable of being printed more than once. Describe type of print (e.g., Ink jet print from computer-generated representation of a mathematical equation).
  • Film Photograph – A photograph taken on film. Note: Capable of being printed more than once. Describe type of print (e.g., Silver halide print from film negative, Silver halide print from film transparency, Ink jet print from film negative, etc.)
  • Digital Photograph – A photograph taken with a digital camera.  Note: Capable of being printed more than once. Describe type of print (e.g. Ink jet print from digital image, Silver halide print from digital image, etc.)

How to size an uploadable art image:

  • Pixel width by Pixel height should not exceed 2090000 pixels.  In other words, 1445 pixels x 1445 pixels would equal 6 MB.
  • Still have questions or problems? Try this free resizing program: or you might try Pixelmator for Mac, or Picasa a free Google service.


Get Gallery Show Submission Ready

Need a Jpeg image of your artwork?

A few helpful hints:

1 Artwork should be unframed and if applicable out of glass
2 Artwork should be unsigned (or edited out digitally).
3 Any art on paper or other medium which tends to curl or buckle should be mounted (if only temporarily) on a flat board of some sort so that the whole piece will be in focus when photographed.
4 When photographing your artwork natural lighting is best.
5 Artwork image Jpegs should be burned on a CDR.
6 Always follow the prospectus (guidelines) given.

Still having problems getting a useable jpeg or questions?

If you are unequipped to get a good image ready for submitting into a gallery or call to artist, there are those who can!

Local photo help:
John Waller; Imaging by Fox at

(If you are a photographer equipped and able to offer this service to artists, please contact UVAA Gallery Manager at

Friends of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association: 

Hallie E. Ford Endowment for Arts in Education of The Oregon Community Foundation, Ed Moorin Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Dr. John Wm. and Betty Long Unruh Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Betty Long Unruh Arts Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, United Commercial Travelers, Cow Creek Band, Arnold Morton, Lory Utz, Richard Worthey and Debbie Kelley, Marie Rasmussen, Umpqua Insurance, Umpqua Bank, Lone Rock Timber, Dawn and Jeffery Thomas.