Art Materials for your Holiday Sketching
What our artists use
· Watercolor block or pad, 300gsm, cold pressed or rough A4 or larger
· Sketching pad – good heavy cartridge is fine
· Possibly a Bound Sketch Book if you prefer rather than individual sheets. Paper should be high quality watercolor cold press
· Water color and acrylic brushes
· Grey lead, waterproof black fine liner, pastels, colored pencils, ink pens, black ink and anything to paint, sketch or draw with.
· A light weight board to tape paper or canvas to. Clip boards are good also.
· A roll of masking tape (good quality) and scissors
· Suitably small palette for water colors or gouche that has a lid.
· A back pack or bag big enough to carry your sketching, on site painting materials and water
· A hat
· Light weight folding stool
· Camera or iPad - My trusty iPad. Why an iPad? It is a tool and I can paint from the images I have taken on it.
WATERCOLOURS (Half pan sets or tubes)
A pocket field half pan set - (small travel set of water colours). Good quality sets come from Winsor & Newton, Schminke, Daniel Smith and others.
Typically a 14 colour half pan set has Alizarine Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Purple Lake, Cerulean Blue, Ultra Marine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Chinese White (or Titanium White gouche), Lemon Yellow Hue, Cad. Yellow, Cad. Red Pale, Cad. Red Hue, Viridian and Sap Green.
Other useful tube colours you could add are Sepia, Prussian Blue or Phthalo Blue, Cobalt Blue and Raw Umber.
TOP TIPS while you are away by artist Craig Penny
· Observation. Draw or paint what you see not what you think you see. This mean spending more time looking at your subject and makes for interesting results.
· Practice. The more you practice plein air the better you become even if it is in your backyard
· Keep it simple. You don't have to fit in every detail.
· Technology is here to stay iPads and cameras are simply tools you can use
· You are the Artist. I don't think it matters what standard you are at if you are away painting, live it, love it, it might not happen again.
If you are painting with lots of people focus on your work and come up with a result.
· Confidence Building. Finishing a painting brings a sense of acheivement doing great things for your confidence.
· Enjoy! Have fun. Get emotional. You are painting for the pleasure of it in another country. Something not everyone gets to do.
· Go Light. Before you travel have a plein air test run to work out what you need.