Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Traveling Light


Armand Cabrera
If you can afford it I recommend having a couple of different setups to paint with. I like to paint from 4”x6” up to 36”x48” outdoors. There is no single system that is the perfect easel or Pochade box and that is why I have different equipment for traveling as light as possible. The recent popularity of outdoor painting has made buying equipment more affordable. Whatever your preferred medium whether it is watercolor, pastels or oil painting there are great solutions for your outdoor painting needs There are many fine Pochade systems on the market now to fit your budget.

Part I

Flying High

Painting getaways are a great way to renew the spark of creativity. When I travel to a painting spot for a week to ten days I streamline my painting setup. Flying can be hard on painters with new restrictions. Whenever I can I ship my equipment. Fedex has now partnered with the airports to help ship your luggage because of tightening weight restrictions Or if you have somewhere to send it you can ship your supplies in advance.

As an oil painter carrying solvents on a plane are out of the question. With the new security regulations paints are no longer allowed as part of your carry-on items. For checked luggage I switch to water based oils or watercolors for the trip. A collapsible brush holder works great for cleaning brushes.

I limit the size of my sketches to 12x16 or smaller. I cut a number of pieces of oil primed linen to size and only bring one board to clip or tape my paintings to saving on weight and space.

I place the blank panel in the Pochade box

My collapsible brush holder slides under the panel in my Pochade box.

I roll up my linen and place it in a clear mailing tube. When paintings are finished and dry I roll them up and replace them in the tube.

All my brushes, clips and paints go into the tube also. I do this to make it easy for inspection at the airport.

The mailing tube and Pochade go into a high impact plastic briefcase. A pistol case is perfect for this. You can buy thin rolls of foam rubber to line the inside with to cushion the equipment.

Resource List

Below are the vendors that I used to purchase the equipment for this article.

Water soluble oil paints
Water soluble oil paints are manufactured by the following companies:
Windsor Newton Artisan
Holbein Duo
Holbein also makes the collapsible brush washer

Golden Acrylics makes a line of slow drying acrylics called Open. They are not quite the same as oils but might be a solution for some people.

Paints and Solvent

Paint, turpentine and other art supplies including the collapsible brush washer can be purchased from an art store.

stores offering art supplies nationally are

Cheap Joes

Daniel Smith 1-800-426-7923

Jack Richeson
(800) 233-2404

Utretcht 1-800-223-9132

Art Supply Warehouse

I use Gamblin Oils and I use Gamsol Odorless turpentine by Gamblin when I am painting with regular oil paints.

I buy my linen panels and panel blanks from SourceTek

Pochade boxes
Pochade boxes come in many sizes and configurations
These vendors make quality products but talk to them first and see if they will satisfy your specific painting needs and budget.

Open Box M

Artwork Essentials

Wet panel carriers
Wet panel carriers are as varied as Pochade boxes
The Pochade vendors and Sourcetek also offer wet panel carriers as part of their product line.
The light weight panel carrier is made by Raymar

Extreme weather gear and clothing, backpacks and pistol cases can be purchased from a local sporting goods store or from an online store like Cabela’s

The plastic totes are available from stores like Home Depot, Sam’s Club, Walmart and Orchard Supply Hardware. The 35 gallon tote I purchased cost about 8 dollars.

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