Isabelle Chouinard

Isabelle is a contemporary realist painter living in Sydney, Australia. In 2006, Isabelle began studying painting and drawing at Julian Ashton Art School and was awarded the school’s Thea Proctor scholarship in 2009. Isabelle pursued further studies at the Atelier de Bresoles in Montreal and at Studio Escalier in France.

An emerging artist, Isabelle’s work is sold in both Australia and Canada. She has been a finalist in many competitions, including the Mosman Art Prize, Sydney, the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award in Coffs Harbour, the A.M.E. Bale Traveling Scholarship and Art Prize in Melbourne, the Doug Moran Portrait Prize and the Society of Portrait Painters of America.

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Isabelle Chouinards class materials list;
Drawing materials :
A2 cartridge drawing paper pad
Selection of HB, 2B graphite pencils
Kneaded erasers
Stanley knife and small sand paper or pencil sharpener
3-4 Bulldog clips
pencil pouch or case
Large art bag to fit A2 drawings and materials
Toned paper: Canson mi-teinte, (Sky blue, Steel Grey), Strathmore toned paper pad, 18 x 24 inches
Charcoal pencils, General’s or Wolff carbon pencils, 2B or hard to medium.
White pastel or chalk, General’s, Pitt Pastel Faber-Castell, Caran D’Ache pastel pencil
A2 size foam core for padding
Note: Please, don’t bring Montmartre brand product.
Painting materials :
Oil Colours:
Artist quality oil paint only. No student grade paint. No “hue”. No watersoluble paint. No Winton.
(The pigments are not the same, they contain only 50% of the pigment of an artist quality paint tube, but don’t
cost half the price.)
Art Spectrum, Gamblin, Rembrandt, Winsor and Newton Artist Colours, Schmincke Norma are be good and
reasonably priced.
Titanium white
Cadmium yellow light or lemon
Cadmium red
Alizarin Crimson Permanent
Ultramarine blue
Yellow Ochre (Gamblin or Art Spectrum)
Transparent Red Oxide (or burnt sienna)
Burnt Umber
Ivory black
Raw Umber
Raw Sienna (Rembrandt)
Cadmium Orange
Quinacridone Red or Rose, or Permanent Rose
Cerulean blue
Dioxazine purple (Winsor Violet, Flinders Blue Violet)
A selection of long handles, synthetic/nylon, rounds and filberts, small to medium sizes. Brushes should not
be too soft or too stiff. Buy 3 of each size you choose. You should have at least 12 brushes.
Recommended brand:
Da Vinci Nova, golden synthetic
Neef, white synthetic,
Parkers Brislon range
Art Basic Range, white synthetic and golden synthetic (found at the Art Scene, West Ryde)
Please, bring a wooden palette of medium size. A toned-grey paper palette is ok.
No glass, no plastic and no white plastic-coated palette.
If you’re using a new unsealed wooden palette, please seal the surface with 6 coats of linseed oil.
Alternatively, you can buy a New Wave brand palette which ready to use.
Painting surfaces:
Best and easiest surface to paint on is fine-weaved oil-primed linen canvas.
Claessens no 13 or no13DP can be purchases at Parker’s by the meter.
Off-cuts linen from Parker’s are a good inexpensive option.
Cotton canvas can be purchased from the office.
Alternatively, canvas paper, canvas pad made by Arches, Canson or Fredrix is also good. It should be at least
an A3 size pad.
Other materials:
Note book, A5 with pencils for thumb-nail sketches.
Palette knife, long-ish (2-3 inches) pointed, diamond/trowel shaped
Refined linseed oil
Gamsol 500ml, odorless solvent (only Gamsol brand is acceptable)
Masking Tape roll, white
Paper Towel roll
Plastic rubbish bag
Mahl stick (painter’s stick), optional
2-3 small jars with tight fitting lids for medium and solvent
300-500ml glass jar with tight fitting lid (filled to the half point with Gamsol for brush cleaning at home)
Sunlight soap bars (for cleaning brushes at home)
A bag to carry it all!
Medium recipe:
50/50 linseed oil and Gamsol. It is easier to make a batch in a medium size glass jar at home. Pour it in the
small jar to use when you paint and for bringing to class.
Alternatively, Gamblin Neo Megilp or Solvent-free gel or Rublev Oleogel are a good option too.
Art supplies addresses:
Parkers Art Supplies
The Sydney Art Store
The Art Scene