Yes, I sketch in the car. While it's going down the road at 70 mph! It isn't always easy, but it's a great way to pass the time, especially on a long trip like our annual pilgrimage to the beach. It takes eleven hours to drive from our home in western Pennsylvania to the beach at Oak Island, North Carolina, where we've been going for years. That's a lot of time to fill, so this year I did a sketch every hour on the hour as we traveled along...
|5-1/2" x 8-1/2" ink & watercolor in a Stillman & Birn hardcover sketchbook|
As you can see, I was very excited about the price of gas in Virginia. (Back home it was $2.45/gal.!)
This isn't great art, but that doesn't really matter, does it? It's just fun to be doing something during those long, seemingly endless hours. It makes the time pass quickly, and it's fun trying to think of different things to draw (like M&Ms!)
I used the simplest of supplies for these sketches...
...just a pencil, eraser, pen, water brush, and tiny toy watercolor set. This one was given to me by one of the students in my Maine workshop. (Thanks again, Gretchen!) I found them on Wet Paint's website here.
This is a party favor type of watercolor set, so the paints it comes with are not the greatest, but I decided to use them for these trip sketches just so I could try them out.
I found them to be a little gritty, and they probably aren't lightfast, but the colors were fairly rich, and I enjoyed using them. I thought I wouldn't like the small size of the palette, since I usually like a generous mixing area, but when I wanted to switch colors, I just wiped the mixing area clean with a tissue, so it wasn't a problem at all.
This little baby-size palette was a lot of fun, and I quickly got used to its small size. It was handy to be able to just hold it in the palm of my hand to paint, and it easily fits in a pocket of my purse.
Today, back home, I cleaned out the original paints...
and replaced them with artists' quality watercolors.
I created three additional wells by using a hot glue gun to build a "dam" in the gap that originally held a tiny paint brush.
Here are the new colors I decided to try in the palette:
|DS=Daniel Smith, AJ=American Journey (Cheap Joe's), HWC=Holbein Watercolors, WN=Winsor & Newton|
It might be nice to have several of these little sets, each with a different selection of colors. I think I might just need to send in an order to Wet Paint sometime soon!