This time I'll be out for two weeks. The first week will be spent down in Palms Springs painting for a new gallery. The second week will be spent at the 3rd Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo, where I'll be demo'ing and lecturing on How to Paint with Traditional Oils Solvent-Free. (My time slot will be 9:45 am on Thursday, if any of you readers are going to be there.) I'll also be an official 'field painter' through out the event.
Two weeks is a lot of time to be on the road. Oh, did I mention I'll be traveling with two other painters in just one car – a Prius – and we will all be driving from Portland, Oregon, to Palms Springs, California, and then back up to Monterey? Producing wet paintings every day?
That's a lot of stuff to cram into one car. Space will be precious.
Towards that end, I will do an experiment. Since I'm known as the fast & light guy I thought I'd try to push the idea to an extreme without scaling the size of the work down.
This is all the stuff I will take on this trip:
Here is all that stuff stuffed…
You can see I'll bring the easel, tripod, jars of paint, and my brushes – the usual and sundry items I always pack – but look more closely at the boxes. Or better yet, look at what is inside those boxes.
There are sixty-eight surfaces to paint on inside those three boxes. Yes, you read that correctly, sixty-eight.
Eleven 12 x 16 homemade or modified panels.
Nine sheets of 12 x 16 sheets of oil primed linen bound into a single block.
Forty-eight sheets of Arches Oil Paper bound into four blocks.
(It only cost me $6.00 to turn the pads into blocks at FedEx/Kinkos!)
The idea is I will paint on the paper and linen pads like you paint on a watercolor block. When one top sheet has dried enough I will slice it off with a knife and slip sheet it into a black drawing portfolio also in this photo, freeing up a fresh surface to paint on. I'll rotate the blocks as needed, and then after I return home, if I decide to consign any of the work, I'll mount it to a rigid support and frame it. Thus I eliminate most of the space required for traveling and leave the weight home. Fast & light
The homemade panels are along for the ride as backup in case the blocks fail. If they do I'll buy some additional panels on the road after I use up the backups. It's not like I'll be in Timbuktu or Bhutan or anything. I'll be in California.
Why am I doing this? Because next month I am off to Italy for yet another extended trip. (phew!) I will be teaching a week-long workshop in the heart of Tuscany (see upper right) and then touring the Cinque Terre and Venice with my wife and friends afterwards – again, in a crowded car. So if these blocks work in California I'll definitely take them abroad.
Yes, the fun never stops…
But don't wait, only a few spots left and registration closes soon!
Cost is inclusive, from €1640 to € 2400.
(Approximately $2,220 to $3,240 US; airfare not included.)