|My friends Cindy and Carol watch the scenery going by on our way to Florence. Notice how our suitcases are all stashed in and among the train seats. That was the only place to put them on this train.|
The train trip from Cinque Terre to Florence was one I had been dreading. I had two suitcases I had to lug along, one with my clothes, shoes, etc. and one with the handouts and supplies for my workshop classes. I give each student in my European workshops a huge spiral-bound book filled with great ideas for designing their sketchbook pages, creating border designs, and adding hand-lettering to their sketches. I also include lessons on perspective, composition, and watercolor techniques, along with other helpful information. My students love their handouts, but since I was teaching a total of twenty people this year, those handouts and supplies added up to a hefty 47 pounds! It would have cost a fortune to ship everything, so I bit the bullet and took everything with me.
|10" x 7", watercolor, Platinum Carbon ink, and gel pen|
Luckily, I was traveling with nine friends who helped me every step of the way. "Many hands make light work" - that definitely applied to getting all of our bags up and down stairs and on and off trains during our day of traveling to the workshop location in Certaldo. It was all part of the traveling experience, so it merited a page in my travel journal.
Have you noticed that I like variety in my sketchbooks? Some pages are cute or funny or cartoonish like this one. Others are heartfelt, beautifully painted images that I lavish time and attention on. Some are tongue-in-cheek or silly, while others are serious. I guess I like to mix things up. I get bored doing the same thing the same way, so I constantly try to think of new ways to approach the sketchbook page. It pushes me to learn and grow. Give it a try!
And remember to enter my DECEMBER GIVEAWAY...
You are invited to enter for a chance to win a set of five American Journey Interlocked Synthetic Brushes (a $38.69 value) plus a handy Cheap Joe's Folding Brush Holder (a $14.69 value), courtesy of Cheap Joe's Art Stuff.
These are the same brushes I used on my recent trip to Italy. I have the shorter travel version, and they fit nicely in my travel sketch kit. I really enjoyed painting with them in Tuscany - they hold plenty of water, and they're a little springier than my sable brushes.
|Travel brush set in my Katsuwa supply case|
To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment on one or all of the seven sketches I'll be posting between November 27 and December 3. It's okay if you enter multiple times (one per post, please).
The drawing will be held on December 7, 2016.
Each day I'll ask a question that you can answer in the comments, if you like. Today's question is...
What tutorial would you like to see here on the Everyday Artist blog?
Leave your answer in a comment below. Good luck!