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Old 08-10-2019, 11:00 AM
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Have brushes, will travel? Advice, please!

Laura and I are headed for the US Southwest on a month-long camping trip. We'll be pulling a tiny teardrop trailer, so we have some extra room, but not a lot.

I'd like to take some of my art gear. I have a French easel that packs well, and some prepped hardboard and paper supports.

What else would you take on a trip like this? I mean, besides the obvious paint and brushes. Tips and tricks for travel?
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:55 AM
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Re: Have brushes, will travel? Advice, please!

Hi - After a few recent trips, I found the following very useful:

Something to carry water in (ie empty plastic water bottles)
Small plastic bottles of paint (small bottles of Golden Fluid's are easy to haul around - I just add more paint to them when empty)
Empty water containers (two or more small ones - plastic cups stack well together)
Paper towels.
Cheap paper plates.....great palettes
Trash bags (big black ones). Multi-tasker - useful as a drop cloth (in trailer) or trash or protecting the art).
Zip Lock plastic bags. Another multi-tasker - good for a stay wet paper plate palette, paints, wet brushes etc.
Gesso - in a small container
Paper Clamps
An old cut-up credit card (great for scratching in details into a painting)
Palette knife
Pocket knife
Charcoal sketching sticks
Small tripod easel (super light and packs small to strap on backpack)
Small bottle of liquid dish soap.
1 inch brush (always seem to need it)
Hat
Backpack (with lots of pockets)
Apron or old shirts for a messy painter like me.
Small spray bottle of water.

Anyway just some random thoughts
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Re: Have brushes, will travel? Advice, please!

I'd add a large fabric dog water bowl - get the collapsible sort to make it easy to pack. This hold lots of water for your paints, but it has another use. Add a couple of straps, and hang the straps around your French easel legs so that the fabric water bowl hangs beneath your easel. This provides a water supply to refill your water dish, and the weight stabilizes your easel in windy conditions.
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Re: Have brushes, will travel? Advice, please!

I have a lightweight collapsible camping table that I love. It folds up to a tube no bulkier than a rolled up beach towel and it assembles quickly to create a surprisingly sturdy small table. It has two pockets for water bottles, so I use those for cleaning brushes. It would have the added advantage of being usable to hold the plates for your supper and two bottles of beer at the campsite after painting is done.
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Re: Have brushes, will travel? Advice, please!

Thanks all. Good ideas. I usually use half-gallon juice bottles for water; I may get a collapsible water dish tomorrow. And maybe a lightweight easel, though... hmmm. We'll see.

We just got a collapsible camping table, I'm looking forward to using it!
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Re: Have brushes, will travel? Advice, please!

I find that mailing tubes with the plastic caps work well for protecting brushes. Collapsible dog dishes are sometimes given away free (advertising at dog shows) as are water bottles.
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Re: Have brushes, will travel? Advice, please!

Thanks, old_hobbyist! I bought a flat fishing-tackle box with 14" compartments, that should do OK for the brushes. Room for sketching gear as well.

Laura and I are on the road now, so the kit is more or less finalized.
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We'll look forward to seeing your road work..
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Re: Have brushes, will travel? Advice, please!

This thread has drawn my interest. In my years before my 40's I'd be all in on a long camping trip! Even now although only with a RV for "camping" but here is where the guys shine. They have ever angle covered with 8 different ways to use a bowl.

I would LOVE to drive across this country with a small trailer or Fifth wheel but I'm absolutely positive I'd have to do it without other humans or I'd kill them! Just me, some dogs and an air conditioner! I could probably get by with just a few things but I'd bring cameras and not my paints. I guess if I had to bring paints I'd need a microwave too.

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Re: Have brushes, will travel? Advice, please!

Gayle: Well, I started a couple of studies, but in the evening it's 90 F (32 C) in the shade at Moab, Utah, and my palette dries in about 10 minutes. And wasps come to the moisture...

I'll have to finish later, from reference photos.

Sheila: travel is great. Now that I've retired there is actually time to take long trips. My wife teaches at university, so we have summers now. And when she retires as well (six months out) we'll be in the free-flight zone!

Thanks for the encouragement!
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Re: Have brushes, will travel? Advice, please!

Don,


I was out for about 2-3 hours and I'm dead. But I am trying to get places in streets crowded with hundreds of other people, bikes, scooters, .... let's not mention the idiot reading their phone walking directly into other people without an apology.


Maybe travel would be the answer. I feel isolated but in ways I'd prefer not to be. I'd like to cut some cords to some platforms.



But definitely no more "tourist travel".



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