February 11, 2019 - Packing Light - Sleeping Gear
Whether hiking, exploring a city or spending a month or two across the ocean, I am know to be a minimalist packer ... until it's time to return home and I find that the books I've acquired don't fit into my carry on luggage. I haven't mastered talking myself out of purchasing art books, exhibition catalogs and brochures containing details and history of the places I visit. Perhaps one of you can make a few suggestions that I might try to curb my indulgence.
Several years ago I posted information on my compact, lightweight gear. It's time to update that information. I'll start with my sleeping gear. This information hasn't changed. I haven't discovered anything that works better than my original equipment. It's fantastic. The only item I might change is my mummy sleeping bag. I would get the exact same bag except that I would order it to be made with the hood rather than without the hood. The...
I use three different magnetic Pocket Painter Palettes. To see other Watercolor Travel palettes click here.
Nine-Well Watercolor Art Pocket Palette:
Nine-Well Magnetic Watercolor Art Pocket Palette
I love that I can see through the lid so that I know which primaries I'm taking with me and when I need to refill the wells. I only need six pigments, a warm and cool of each primary. I use the three little wells in the middle to keep my mixes clean. Thanks to the deep lid, I can paint sketches that require larger areas of a wash while still keeping three separate color mixes clean (in the little wells). The magnetic square on the bottom keeps the wells in place and allows for easy removal of each pan for cleaning and refilling.
My Standard Six Pigment Palette
My standard six-pigment palette is Gamboge, Aureolin, Joe's Blue (phthalo), Ultramarine Blue, Permanent Alizarin Crimson and Cadmium Red Light. I arrange them (as shown above) as they would...
With phone in hand, for still photos and video, as well as a GoPro secured in my chest harness, I climb out the window from my sixth-floor room at the hostel. A towel serves as a cushion to ease the discomfort of sitting on the framing of the casement window. Fortunately, my roommates aren't in the room. I'm able to concentrate on sketching, recording and making sure that my body and my equipment are secure on the windowsill.
Back on ground level, I'm sketching from the Marcel and Clémentine café on the corner of rue de Dunkerque and rue Gérondo.
One of the goals for my time in Paris is to work mostly in pencil. For many years, I've sketched in ink and watercolor. It's time to break the mold and challenge the brain to shift gears manually rather than come up with solutions on auto-pilot. My brain wants to think in ink and translate into pencil. I'm looking forward to the...
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