|'Wishes Do Come True' 12x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
purchase painting $150
Now I am on the way down. Getting rid of the excess weight and paring down my supplies to the bare minimum. Sometimes it scares me. What if I need something? But in the end I am grateful for the lighter load.
Paring down and simplifying my pastel selection was the most difficult part of the process.
I began with an empty box. I am using a Heilman double Sketchbox. Yes the backpack size fits into my backpack but it is heavy and I can make do with less pastels. I will use the Heilman easel attachment and a tripod. I decided to bring an assortment of Terry Ludwig pastels in one half of the box and Girault pastels in the other half. The Giraults have been cut in half so that I could fit the entire Richard McKinley plein air sets.
But they still look messy. Why? Yes I didn't organize them by color or value. In fact they are not in any order at all. I work better that way when I am painting quick plein air studies. I don't have to worry about putting them back where they belong. I just paint...make a mess and put them back wherever they fit. It works because the palette is very limited. There aren't many pastels to choose from so I can scan and find an appropriate color and value.
|The Heilman double sketchbox|
|The Heilman double and single sketchbox|
|Ready to travel!|