_Firstly, there is no reason to bring more materials than you can carry unless you have a commitment to a medium(s) you already work in. This is how you’ll know how much to bring and when you have too much. There is no reason to bring a trunk of art supplies unless you have specific plans to use them. For example, I have a studio filled with materials but I’m not going to bring it all with me. The main emphasis here is to decide what you will actually use. There’s nothing worse than getting home and realizing that you never touched a box of art supplies. As you read my recommendations keep in mind how you work, what materials you like and how you might use my process to create an expanded list of materials for yourself to lug around.
Unless I have a chance to live somewhere for a few months and work on a specific project this is the most I’d bring on a one to two week “vacation”:
· A set of pens, pencils, and marking tools to select from for any given situation.
· A small notebook and a larger notebook to have with me at all times.
· A large notebook or watercolor block for use on an outing specifically to paint or draw.
· A watercolor palate with paint from tubes I created at home and a small selection of brushes for use in the field or at local accommodation.
· A bag or container to hold these items makes it easier to pack, transport locally, use in the course of a day, and bring work home.
At Sketchy Art and Culture Tours we’re more interested in capturing information and incorporating the recording of concepts you want to remember or use than completing a polished masterpiece on site. If we can create a masterpiece of a sketch while traveling and moving through a place or a region then we’ve accomplished our aims and contributed to our lives as artists and observers. The quality of content is in the experience and the way we travel, document and incorporate the intention of these activities into our lives as artists, travelers, and observers interpreting the world.
Working in these terms means working with any rough or unfinished version of any creative work. It speaks to the cultivation of the role of intention in creative work through capturing the essence of something, the use and composition of meaning, and the incorporation of these values into life through art. It’s a fantastic conversation. In this light, the quantity of art materials is not really important. It’s the quality. These days I bring the smallest kit of materials possible to accomplish these aims. I can develop larger, more complete works in the studio but not without the content and inspiration I find through traveling. I like line, I like color, and I like my materials to hold up over time.
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