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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Review of My Ultimate Travel Pastel Kit

'Caribbean Harbor'            2.5 x 3.5"        pastel        ©Karen Margulis
How small can you go and still have enough supplies to paint with? I put that question to the test on my cruise last week. All I brought was a small zippered book cover with a small box of pastels and a pile of 2.5x3.5 paper.  It was more than enough to allow me to paint without wishing I had more.

It was simplicity at it's finest. 

The bag was lightweight and fit in my backpack and beach bag. It has a handle as well but it is so compact it will fit in a bag or even larger purse. Set up and clean up was quick and easy. (nice when a tropical shower popped up)  I had more than enough pastels....as long as you have the right values then you don't need as many colors.  I made sure to bring the right turquoises since I would be in the Caribbean. 
Below is a photo of the kit set up on my poolside lounge chair. I brought along some photos but also painted the island scenery from the ship deck. The top painting was done while we were docked in Tortola.  This is by far my best small kit yet. I was even able to lay back in the lounger and balance the pastels while painting....the laziest painting session ever!

My Ultimate Pastel Travel Kit in Action Poolside

It was an active cruise so between the snorkeling and horseback riding I didn't paint a lot but I did manage to paint 20 petite pastels each measuring 2.5 x 3.5.  

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Observe Closely said...

Were you happy with the paper size? Did you regret not bringing larger sheets? Just curious! Thanks, Karen.

Cindy Michaud said...

very brave to take pastels on a cruise! lovely work

Karen said...

Thanks Cindy!

And yes I was quite content with the small paper. I love painting quick small studies so it was perfect. The kit could easily accommodate paper up to 6x8 but in a lounge chair small is better and less messy (dustyl)

Observe Closely said...

Well, the results were excellent! Thanks again for sharing and instructing. Very inspirational. Jan

robertsloan2art said...

Love the kit and love the way your petite tropical paintings came out! All of them are so spectacular. Cool contest you're running too!