In my previous post, I showed a Peerless watercolor palette as part of my artist travel bag.
it’s lightweight and versatile in its packaged form, I decided to
lighten my load even more and use it to customize a palette specifically
for the trip I am planning through West Texas and New Mexico.
will be my final destination, so that’s where I imagine I’ll have the
most time to do some quick sketches inspired by what I see or have seen
along the way.
With that in mind, I clipped these colors from the Peerless palette:
Japonica Scarlet; Light Green; Brilliant Yellow; Sky Blue and Pearl
Grey. While it’s not a comprehensive set, I feel it gets me off to a
great start capturing the natural beauty of the southwest, and I can
also blend most of the colors to make new ones. (The red and blue to
capture a violet sunset, or the yellow, red and blue for adobe
structures, sandy hues and many skin tones, for example.)
used a little glue to attach them to watercolor paper stiff enough to
hold up to the substantial paint squares and test swatches. This is less
than one-third of a Peerless page, so not only do I have plenty of
color to last a few days on the road, I have many more options to choose
from or use again for the next trip!
I’ll slide this paper palette into a protective cellophane mailing sheath before packing it, to avoid damage.
Part of the fun of traveling is putting together my artist travel
kit. It differs slightly for each destination, depending on space,
weather and the trip’s planned activities.
particular adventure, we are driving Southwest, so I made sure to have
many desert-inspired colors to choose from, plus some metallics to
accent. I didn’t want to include pastels or anything that might easily
melt. Watercolor-infused paper and water-soluble pencils keep things
versatile and compact.
Even though we will have room in the
car, I travel pretty light. I keep my art supplies simple while I’m on
the trip and make quick sketches or color studies to draw more involved
pieces from when I’m back home. This allows me to balance making art
with the fun of immersing myself in a new city. I also make a point to
visit art supply stores when we travel (independent art supply stores if
possible!) so if there’s something I forget or feel I must have, I have
the option of purchasing it on the trip, patronizing a local business,
and having an artsy souvenir.