The pros and cons of travelling lightPosted: January 5, 2015
A few weeks ago I wrote about deciding not to pack my travel easel when I left for Costa Rica. That was definitely the right decision because it would have been an encumbrance on the long walk down (and back up again) to the beach where I painted most days. Instead I carried in my backpack a few quarter-sheets of watercolour paper taped to a plexiglass backing board, along with my travel palette, some pencils and brushes and my water container. Often I sat on a towel in the sand with my plexi propped up at an angle on beach debris (rocks, coconuts, logs), my palette and water next to me. The disadvantage of the setup was that I often had dirt in my palette from people walking nearby and kicking up sand. And the worst was when a dog came over to say hello and stepped into the cerulean blue paint. This was sketched on one of the few overcast afternoons on Playa Beisanz. With some dark clouds approaching I painted quickly and carried my painting home upside down, with the plexi protecting the wet sheet from the rain.