Eagle’s Nest Rock and travelling lightPosted: July 20, 2022
I was pretty determined to travel for the week with carry-on luggage only. So many people wrote to me with suggestions and ideas. Thanks for that! I know a week is not a long time but when I teach I like to carry a lot of art supplies with me, and I appreciated the advice.
I’m happy to report that I was successful in reducing my load, and even happier to report that at the end of the week I sauntered out of the airport in Montreal with all my belongings, and breezed past hundreds and hundreds of lost bags that have been accumulating there over the past few weeks.
Full disclosure: I did have one extra bag for the week. My friend drove to Madeline Island from Montreal, and she offered to bring some of my completed sketchbooks so that I could participate in an evening exhibition with the other instructors. Merci Nathalie!!! I would not have been able to bring those with me in my small suitcase.
Travelling with tubes of paint
People often ask me if you can bring tubes of paint in your carry-on luggage. I tested this out and yes, in North America you can, as long as you follow the 3-1-1 rule. All your liquids and gels need to be in a clear bag that is not bigger than one quart, you can only have one of those quart bags, and no single tube of liquid or gel can contain more than 3.4 oz or 100 ml of liquids. I brought along a tube of Titanium White watercolour and am happy to report that it did not trigger any alarms at security. After all, what’s the difference between that and a travel-sized tube of toothpaste?
I carried one A4 sketchbook, and two pads of paper with me. That was plenty for the week. In fact, it was too much. I also filled two travel palettes, and that turned out to be sufficient, although we did have some paint from our sponsors Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton, so I might have refilled a few wells of blue after two days of painting. All of my brushes, pens, pencils and erasers were in my Maxpedition bag, and the only other item was my lap easel from Stablo.France.
The lap easel is wonderfully light for travel, but after this workshop, I realize that I will have to bring along a tripod easel for teaching. I think students get a better view of the demo when it’s on an easel. Plus, the next time a deer fly bites me right through my socks, my sketch and my art supplies won’t end up in the dirt.
And since I can’t resist adding one image to my post, here’s a sketch I did of Eagle’s Nest Rock (reproduction quality is poor), at Big Bay State Park on Madeline Island.