|'A Beautiful Day in the Country' 8x10 plein air pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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In my opinion the hardest trips to pack for are plein air workshops! You want your set up to be easy and efficient so you aren't fussing with supplies. But you don't want to skimp on supplies you might need. And some instructors have big supply lists. If you are traveling by plane you have another packing dilemma....what to check and what to carry on.
At one time I really thought I had a one size fits all solution but as I change and grow as an artist I have different goals and needs. So I just relax and stay flexible and evaluate each trip individually. I will ask myself some questions....
- What is the purpose of this trip? Painting, reference gathering? Just relaxing? (can't do that!) This helps me decide what set up I need.
- How will I be traveling and what amount of room will there be for art supplies?
- Will I have to carry my stuff any distance? If yes then I want a rolling bag of some sort. If no I would rather put it all into my large messenger bag.
- Have I reviewed my checklist? I am in the process of making a comprehensive plein air checklist that I can use for every trip. I'll share it soon!
Here are some photos of my struggle to condense my stuff for my trip to Stan Sperlak's workshop. We leave Sunday and we can't wait!
|Trying to fit my new Stan Sperlak set into my Heilman Box. Not an easy task but I did it!|
|Before Photo...How will I condense all of this stuff?|
I need it all to be on wheels as Stan's farm is big and while you can drive to some locations I prefer to be mobile.
|After....Got it all on my small rolling tool bag! Whew!|
I need your help! If you have any suggestions for items to put on my plein air checklist please comment below!! Thanks!