I try not to work at the weekend, at least not on my job as an artist, but when you’re sitting at a Cotswold kitchen table looking out onto a garden view like this, something just moves you to do some mark making.
Add a mug of tea & some watercolours to the equation and I’m all set.
SHOULDN’T YOU BE RESTING WHEN YOU’RE ON HOLIDAY?
Define ‘resting’. Some types of painting I find relaxing and therapeutic. It’s the admin side of my job that carries the stress, the actual creative side is usually enjoyable.
SIMPLICITY IS KEY
I used to take so many artist materials on holiday, it was like having most of my studio with me. The trouble with that, & I’m talking purely from my own experience, is that I had so much stuff with me, I often ended up painting nothing. The most productive times are when I have limited equipment with me.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I TAKE?
My favoured art equipment for holidays are a couple of pencils, set of ink pens, watercolour tin, watercolour pad, a few brushes including my travel brushes with the built in reservoir, a pencil sharpener & eraser.
Keeping my equipment basic helps me focus my mind. If I see something I want to record, it’s easier to get it sorted.
So there it is, the thoughts behind my holiday painting. Now, back to that cup of tea!
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