- Box of soft pastels. I bring a wooden box that was a Mancala game box which I lined with foam. It measures about 12x6x2. The pastels are small pieces about 1/2 inch long or less. They are all softer pastels and I make sure to have a range of colors and values. As you can see I don't arrange them in any order. It is part of the fun and challenge to make due with what I have with me.
- Box of hard pastels. I also bring along a smaller box of harder pastels...some Nupastels and Giraults in small pieces in a range of values and colors. This box is about 8x4x2 and is also lined with foam. I use the harder pastels to sketch my initial drawing and for details. I also can take this smaller box with me on shore excursions. (see upcoming post)
- Paper. I precut small pieces of paper in 2.5 x 3.5 and 5x7 sizes. I keep the paper in a clear plastic envelope that has a string tie. This envelope fits in my mini backpack.
- Drawing board. I bring a small piece of foamcore for a support board. This foamcore is a few inches bigger than the paper .
- Small zipper pouch for misc supplies. I usually have a small roll of white artist tape, a bulldog clip for my reference photo, pencil, mini watercolor set and brush, tiny water container.
- Reference photos. Yes I do bring reference photos on a cruise. I do paint from life...clouds, water, etc. but I also like to look at my reference photos and try new ways to interpret familiar scenes. I keep my photos in another clear envelope.
- Baby wipes...small travel pack and a small washcloth to wipe pastels clean.
- Piece of vinyl table cloth that I use to protect my lounger.
- Storage for finished paintings. I use a small travel guide magazine that I pick up on the trip. I place each finished painting in between the leaves of the magazine. They stay protected until I can get them home.
Now that I am home I will photograph each painting and put them into a clearbag for protection. They will be listed on Daily Paintworks auctions over the next few weeks. I have a lot more to share about my process. If you have any questions you'd like for me to address just let me know!