Replacing my 500 sq. ft. Studio while traveling!
I have a huge, gorgeous studio at home with more art supplies than some art supply stores, but when out-and-about, I want the smallest and lightest gear possible! Of course, I'm never completely satisfied and am constantly changing what goes into my field kit - but here's what I'm carrying these days.
|9x6 sketchbook and a pencil case|
The pencil case contains a couple of fountain pens, a micron pen, pencil, 3 water brushes (flat, round, and a round brush pre-mixed with a 50% solution of ink, a folding brush, a rotring pen (with soluable ink), glue stick, and a vial of black ink.
|The pencil case holds a lot of stuff!|
Also, I can just fit in a small tin of watercolor paint - I'm using a Velaquez palette of Daniel Smith Ultramarine, quin sienna, and quin gold).
|3 pans of color, a bottle cap for water, a couple of sponges, and a small binder clip|
Underneath the tin, I used duck tape to fashion a thumb loop and a sleeve for the binder clip. That way I can hold the little palette on my thumb or clip it to a sketchbook.
If the kit is small, I'm better about carrying it - but, of course, I'm never satisfied and keep adding things until it gets cumbersome and I stop carrying it around. Then, I go through the process of purging out the extra until the kit is small again.
If I know I'm going to do a lot of painting on a trip, I'll pack up a portfolio with a bunch of 1/2 sheets of watercolor paper and a couple of lightweight support boards. Then, I allow myself one large canvas bag for whatever paint, brushes, and other stuff I can think of. I just put away all the stuff I took on my last trip, so I don't have a picture of that setup.