Saturday, March 10, 2012

Paint Kit For Travel

  I have been working on my travel kit to paint in Italy. I want to paint more this year, and I've decided to do works on 300# paper, in different sizes. For travel, it's an easier way to get paintings home, and I like to do oils on paper. I'll bring my gauche set up, too. 
  I plan to buy my paints and medium after we get there, instead of packing them and going through the hassle of security not knowing what to do with the tubes of paint,etc. Less stress for me, plus it's fun going into the art supply stores in the area. I found one in Arezzo, and I know there will be at least one in Perugia. Last year we stumbled on a great little place in Orvieto.
  This morning, I had Janelle shoot a short video of the whole travel kit. As you can see, everything gets packed into one check- in bag, and that works pretty good for us. 


  I took some pictures of things, to give you a better look at the travel set up. Some things I found locally, and some stuff I found in my art catalogues. It's piecemeal, but I like what I've come up with, and it all fits in the big suitcase. (thanks you know who you are...)

My gauche box, home made from an old cigar box.
Nice and light.

These containers will hold medium, turpentine, etc. I'll carry any paints in here, too.
It's a heavy weight cardboard box I turned into a light carrier, complete with handle.

  Last year I worked in oils, and only did 8"X 8" paintings, oil on board. I really wanted to do something different this time, and I'm glad to have different sizes to work in. I have three of these carrying boxes, in different sizes, so I'll be able to transport everything easily.

One of three different sized boxes to carry paper before and after it's painted. 

Easy to pack up.

My drying solution. Also easy to pack.
I've used this palette/camera tripod rig for all our trips. It all folds up
nice and small, and passes through security easily.

I'm ready to go.
   So, when do we leave? Are we there yet?..........

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