Travel tips are fairly easy to come by. But tips for travelling outdoor painters may be harder to find.

Recently I suggested that it was a good idea to find a used cabin bag for transporting your kit. The one I bought (quite cheaply) is a bit temperamental with uneven ground. It has trouble righting itself and can try to sidle across the road, once it has bounced over the kerb. Minor disaster only but currently on a good behaviour bond.

So, what else can help?

The palette

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CD case as palette

I am lucky enough to have, thanks to a painting friend, a metal CD box which works well as a palette box. It was a novelty package for a film called “The Last Stand” and would be a rarity.

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The two sides each hold half a sheet of palette paper neatly. Tiny dots of blu-tack keep the sheets in place if you are heading out for a windy day.

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ready to use

If you happen to see one of these metal CD cases, snap it up!

Water pots

Collapsible water containers are useful for outdoor painters, travelling or not. These are very cheap to buy at an art shop. A few years ago I trialled a folding water container designed for pets. It was made from stiff nylon canvas and sat up well. Alas, after about an hour it began to leak. Definitely not intended for a painter’s purpose!

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collapsible water pot

I carry two sizes, just as they are sold. The larger one is useful for the first rinse or two. Final rinse happens in the smaller one. No surprises about which pot of water gets murky first, but generally, with a lot of brush wiping between rinses these two pots of water last a full three or four hour session.

More tips coming. Keep an eye out!


One thought on “An Outdoor Painter’s Travel Tips: Part 1

  1. Helen says:

    enjoy your comments and tips always. I keep learning, of course. Alos really like the more abstracted composition of Moonlight painting. Reminds me of an Art School painting task set by Tony Bishop which I think we all found really hard.

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