|'Life in the Woods' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I am packing light for my upcoming trip to Iceland. Well as light as I possibly can and still have all the art supplies I will need! I am bringing my Heilman double sketchbox of pastels, easel attachment and tripod and my portfolio of papers. I am also bringing my sketchbook! Since getting interested in keeping a sketchbook I have amassed quite a few sketching supplies....all kinds of pens, pencils and such. More than I want to bring with me. I needed to downsize my sketching supplies.
Wherever you go this summer consider packing a summer sketchbook. Choose a few supplies that fit into a small pouch. If you have a compact set up there will be no excuses!
|My small sketchbook zippered pouch|
|The supplies I will take with me to Iceland|
- Handbook sketchbook 6x6
- small watercolor set
- travel retractable watercolor brush
- small plastic container for water...not critical but it fit!
- General's Sketch and Wash pencil....good for doing value sketches/washes
- Vision pen...doesn't bleed when wet
- Wooden Cretacolor lead holder for my pencil....I love how it feels
- Tombow black brush pen....fun for gesture sketches
- Caran d'Ache water brush to make washes with the water soluble graphite.
- water soluble graphite pencils
Keeping a summer sketchbook will give you material for future paintings. Taking time to sit and observe and make a sketch will give you more information than merely taking a quick photo.
I have heard many artists share that they can remember more details of a place and time by looking back at a sketch than looking at a photo of the place. Imagine how much this information will help you interpret your photos!
|quick sketch inspired today's painting|
|underpainting is Derwent Intense stick and alcohol wash|