|Grisaille copy of Jacques-Louis David's Patroclus, oil on linen, 48 x 78.
At this time of year, we all travel so much that it can be a
real challenge to figure out how to bring our painting supplies with us when we
visit family and friends. Whether you are driving across state lines or packing
a bag that has to get through customs or airport security, here are a few ways
to lighten your load and avoid mishaps when you travel with your art.
Art supplies are sizeable and take up a lot of room. It
might be worth the purchase to buy a travel kit of oil painting supplies that
reduces what you have to lug around.
Think about minimizing your supplies by bringing only a
single color, black, and white. You could also create a series of grisaille
paintings, further reducing the supplies you need. You could use earth tones as well.
If you are flying, wrap your paints and label them with an
equivalent to: "art supplies. Please rewrap and secure." That way the person
poking through your bag at least understands what they are dealing with and
hopefully will let them through security.
Don't forget that you can buy when you get there. I
sometimes make a point of not bringing something I'll need when I travel-—it's
an excuse to shop. And hopefully you'll discover a new small
business that sells art supplies that would greatly appreciate your patronage.
And now you can even customize the art resources that you
take with you when you are traveling. American
Artist now has studio essentials—single articles from their magazines available for
download. I love this because I don't have to set aside room for several
magazines or art books—I can have just the articles I want and they take up no
room in my suitcase at all because they are digital. Check out our new studio essentials and enjoy!