Darla Bostick’s


2016 Art Workshop/Retreat


Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM


Artist Supply List

The list for 2017 will be coming when sponsors are knownT

This workshop is for your favorite media but I will be painting with watercolors and acrylics on paper and other materials. We always have wonderful sponsors who send us merchandise to experiment and learn how to use. This year I am bringing an array of materials for you to use during your week (and some to take home!). As the workshop nears I will modify this list...you may not need to bring as much as you think!


Each year a goodie bag is given to every participant and then we also have door prizes. For 2016 each goodie bag exceeded a value of $279 in art merchandise! Our generous sponsors are listed on the sponsorship tab. We will be using these materials during the week and then participants take them home! Leave space in your suitcase!


Digital camera, manual and USB cord

Battery charger or extra batteries, depending on power source

Memory card for camera must be compatible with my photo printer—SD cards work great!

If you plan to use your phone for photography and then print off what you want as reference during a painting, my little photo printer will work so long as your phone has a USB connection.



You have the option of painting outdoors or the luxury of indoors. If you are accustomed to plein aire painting, you know what you need. Ghost Ranch has gorgeous views. We will all be gathering images at the different sites by sketching or photographing. Most artists prefer to gather images and paint in our New Arts Building where we have tables, cold water dispenser, toilets, a kitchen, etc. (plus a full wall window with a view of the Pedernal).

*Paint palettes – The photo above shows what I use. If you are flying to the workshop, a plastic plate can work and the paint tubes can fit into a zip-lock in your check-in bag. I bring a case of my favorite colors for sale. Bring an empty palette and you can fill it upon arrival! (cheaper than buying on your own). If you are buying a palette, my favorite is the Sterling Edwards palette--with wells for 2" brushes. Cheap Joes has them online and they are sturdy.
*Brushes—one 1” flat brush, one round brush, one fine brush. Bring what you like to use. If you don't want to use your watercolor brush for acrylics, bring an extra brush or two. I have some free brushes for you in the goodie bag.
*Water sprayer

Watercolor paper --If you plan to paint outside, a watercolor block provides a stable surface and fits inside a suitcase. Otherwise, the best paper is loose 140# paper. You will need 4 full flat sheets for the workshop. I bring 140# Cold Press Kilamanjaro paper for purchase.
*Water bowl

Pencil and Eraser (Provided) Watercolor pencils are optional.

*Paints-- Darla brings large tubes of watercolors and sells them at no profit by the thirds--it's the cheapest way to fill your palette. You also will be given some free tubes by our sponsors! DO NOT BUY “ACADEMIC” STUDENT GRADE PAINTS even if you are a beginner (Windsor Newton Cotman, etc).

*You will need a 2 oz container of craft-type liquid acrylic that has a nozzle. You can pick a fabulous color and we will share.

We have a sponsor giving us yupo paper this year. Check out some you-tube videos if you are unfamiliar with it. Bring 3 alcohol inks (put inside a zip-lock bag for travel) and we can share. 



Pitt Pens --at least bring one medium and one fine tip black. These are waterproof, india ink markers. Microns also work but cost more. I use the set of Pitt pens available at Hobby Lobby.

Bring along an art graf graphite putty or watercolor graphite stick


**If you have a small portable desk light you can use on your table in the evenings, bring it and an extension cord if need be. We do have lighting but it is not very good during our optional paint time at night. 


It is DRY in New Mexico. Bring body lotion, eye drops, lip balm, saline nose spray, etc.

Flashlight--it is DARK at night


Hat or visor with large brim
Water bottle or thermos
Umbrella—it could rain in the late afternoon/early evening


Bring your own soap/shampoo (hair products)

Alarm Clock--The Ranch doesn't provide one, your phone may not work and you don't want to miss the early breakfast!

If you choose to add hiking, fishing or horseback riding, you know what you need.



We will be doing a bit of walking (nothing strenuous but about one mile). Sturdy closed shoes are recommended. If you desire to wait in our workroom as we investigate the different areas on the Ranch, that is fine. We are out about one hour each day. The temps are "layer up, take off, and later layer back up" kind of weather. The weather is nippy in the mornings and evenings, so bring a jacket, pants, sweater. Be comfortable! We may paint "out" one morning, so bring a pad to sit on...a gardening knee pad works well.

You will be in O’Keeffe Country! "From the Faraway Nearby~~Georgia O'Keeffe as Icon" edited by Christopher Merrill and Ellen Bradbury ...or any book on the life of this artist! Another one is "Georgia Becoming O'Keeffe."


FINALLY...and TOTALLY optional: We love to paint and have a munch time while painting at night. Bring something to share! Cheese, crackers, chocolate, etc. We have a refrigerator in our workroom. More on that later!