My son is turning 8 tomorrow and we're going away for a few days to celebrate. Ordinarily, I paint with acrylics, but they don't travel well. The tubes are bulky, the set up takes a lot of space, canvas is easy to tear, and they require a lot of focus and dedicated time set aside since they dry so quickly. However, there was a year in my life where I painted with nothing but watercolors, and I still have a great collection of professional watercolors. Watercolors do travel well, especially if you have them set up in a pallet. They don't make a mess, and all you need is some paper, a few brushes, a little travel container of watercolors, and you're good to go. An added bonus is that you can paint for a couple minutes, walk away, and return to the painting with no harm done. The dried paints re-wet easily on your pallet. I love being able to switch mediums, as each one teaches me something different about paints and colors in general. So when I'm traveling, I'll be bringing my watercolors with me. What do you like to bring on your vacations?
All of my original watercolor paintings and original watercolor artist trading cards can be found in my Etsy store. Here's a recent 5x7 painting, "Windy Swing", done in Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolors.
And below, I will share a video on some ideas for creating your very own DIY travel watercolor pallets.
Can you believe it's March already? February always seems to fly by. And today we are in full Spring more, with rain and 70 degree weather, and by Friday, they're promising snow in the morning. It's been a crazy winter all along.
Now onto my blog post. For my first one, I wanted to talk about something that's a factor in most artists' lives - fitting art into your busy day. Even for those artists who create as their full time job, time is still a factor. And if you start adding things like a day job, family, children, household maintenance, etc. into the equation, it quickly spirals out of control. So I wanted to share something that has worked well for me. I'm lucky enough to have a room that I would classify as a "studio" (it used to be a scrap room :) And I store my art supplies there, and used to create there as well, for the ability it gave me to have some peace and quiet and get away. But I've recently discovered that I can fit even more in if I set myself up to paint in the kitchen, and that's what I've done. I brought down a table easel, and just the paints I need for each project. This allows me to still spend time with the family, be there for whatever the kids might need, but paint at the same time. This way I don't have to wait for those magical moments when no one is home or the kids are already in bed. I can paint and be productive even during family movie night :)
What have you found that's worked for you to help you find more time to create? Share your tips and ideas in the comments below!
And thank you for visiting my brand new website that I launched yesterday (so exciting!).