August 1, 2013
I recently returned from a trip to Colorado for a family reunion. While younger members climbed a mountain, rode on a zipline, rode horses, swam, roller skated, etc., I chose to spend part of almost every day sitting outdoors in beautiful settings, such as the one above, painting. It was fortunate that husband and I reached the reunion site in our minivan. This gave me plenty of room to bring along everything I usually take with me when I plein air paint. My equipment includes a heavy French easel, a lawn chair, a TV tray, canvases, palette, water, paper towels. The list can go on and on.
But what if I couldn’t reach my destination totally by car? There is a trip I’m planning in the future where I will need to take a plane to my destination and then rent a car. Airlines are very particular about what a person can take, how much it can weigh, etc. So I’ve been doing some advanced planning. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on new equipment. But here’s what I’ve come up with.
Instead of a heavy easel I’m going to borrow a music stand from a daughter. I’m hoping that will work as an easel unless there is a lot of wind. I found a large suitcase in the basement which my TV tray will just barely fit in. I have looked on line and found that Dick’s Sporting Goods has a portable, fold up stool on sale for only 20$. I plan to take three canvases that will each fit inside the other, 16″ x 20″, 14″ x 18″, and 12″ x 16.” I’ll take my paper palette and only a few, mostly large, tubes of paint in basic colors that I can mix. My water container will be plastic.
Now I only need to figure out how to include clothing, shoes, and kit for personal care. I’ve never tried taking painting supplies on a plane before but I’m hoping for the best.