As a belated Hanukkah gift to one another, my husband and I are heading to St Augustine, Florida tomorrow for a weeks vacation. Bruce wants to do some golfing at their two famous courses -The Slammer and The Squire, AND The King and the Bear. I want to find some place warmer than South Carolina and hopefully find something interesting to paint.
I usually bring along my oil painting equipment on road trips, but often find that it is impossible to fit even a two hour plein air session into our whirl-wind site seeing day schedule,. So this trip I am taking a cue from the traveling artist guru, Karen Margulis, on packing light and painting small..
After studying some web cams in the St Augustine area for their current local colors, I chose a small assortment of pastels that seemed to fit the area. I snugged the pastels between some foam pads in a cardboard box. I also took a tiny watercolor kit to use for quick studies or to use as a ground beneath the pastels. I then cut up some water color paper into 5" x 7" sheets then brushed several coats of clear gesso on the paper The clear gesso stiffens and waterproofs the paper, while adding some tooth for pastels to grip. Add a couple of water color brushes, a sheet of foam core and a small role of painters tape ( to attach the pastel paper to the foam core while painting), a pack of hand wipes, some paper towels and a canvas bag to carry it all, and I am ready to go.