Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Time to actually PACK the stuff.

From Right to left:  A plastic tube for a brush holder (packaging from some product or other), Pencil, pen, hook for the brush holder, palette knife, Brushes: bristle flats # 8, 6, 6, 4, white nylon flat #2, synthetic sable round, brush bag, and underneath the sketch book.  1 lb.

An Open Box M pochade, and a light tripod.  This is a really light-weight kit that won't stand up to any wind.  It's mostly useful just for holding stuff still and keeping my painting out of the sand.  5.8 lbs.

Oil colors, detailed here.  Packed in a plastic pencil box.  MSDS attached with flash point highlighted.  Sheet attached which says:   The enclosed materials are artist’s colors made from vegetable oil.  They have a flash point above 550 degrees and are not flammable.  (I write the same thing in the language of any foreign country I travel to.)  2.5 lbs.

A couple of mediums, detailed here.  A small jar of baby oil for brush cleaning.  More can be purchased at my destination.  Instructions for BRUSH CLEANING WITHOUT SOLVENT. This is packed with the MSDS, with flash points highlighted.   .8 lbs.

Miscellaneous stuff.  A couple of bungee cords.  A car sunshade, which might clip to the easel and add some shade for the canvas.  A small roll of paper towels or TP for brush cleaning, and a grocery bag for garbage... just enough for my first day.  Thumb tacks for attaching canvas to stretchers, A couple of pencils and a tiny sketch book. A value scale.  A roll of narrow painter's tape for marking off paintings, Command adhesive for hanging paintings to dry, ATG tape for temporarily sticking canvas to cardboard.  All of this in a stuff sack.  1.1 lbs.

Canvas, as detailed here.  For three weeks I am packing what you see above.  If I need more, I'll get it there and paint on acrylic ground.  Some of this will go in my carry-on to spread the weight around a bit.  If there's too much weight in my bags, I'll leave behind the largest canvas (and miss it when I'm there.) 10.3 lbs of painting supports.

When I get to my destination, this stuff will pack into my carry-on backpack to take wherever I want to paint.

Things I will buy or acquire at my destination:  Grass mats for laying painting supplies on the sand.  Plastic grocery sacks for garbage.  Paper towels or tp to clean brushes with. Mineral oil for brush cleaning.  Jar lids for putting medium in.  If I run out of paint or other supplies, I can buy something there.

Here's a comprehensive resource for any questions I haven't answered.  Making a Mark

Enough packing.  Time to paint!

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