Saturday, May 4, 2013


Each time I travel, I pack my little Holbein watercolor kit with the very nice palette and water bottle inside, the travel brushes in 3 sizes, and some extra 5 ml Winsor Newton tube paints.  I pack something to paint on.  Sometimes I even pack my watercolor pencils.  

And then I don't use them.  I don't take them out of the backpack.  I just take my sketchbook (my wonderful Exacompta which is no longer made) and draw - usually with graphite pencils.  I only packed 3 hard lead pencils this time so these are just sketches done while looking out on the water.

I guess I shouldn't be disappointed with myself for doing this because I do come back with something I could work on and which might become a painting in the future.

After 3 days and nights with wind and waves, I see in the left top corner that I called this sketch
Free Floating Anxiety! ha ha

Do you pack a lot of art supplies on your travels - and then don't use them?

If you need something to spur you on to draw or paint, WetCanvas is having their regular Weekend Drawing Event (WDE) at their site.  Here is the link - you can join for free or just sign in if you are already a member and haven't been over there in a while.
Choose the WDE May 2013 forum and go on from there to find the photos and the place where you post your work.

Also, the PaintMyPhoto challenge for this month is Landscapes!!!  You can paint any landscape in the photo library with one stipulation - you have to use complementary colors in the majority of your painting.  What fun!  You have to be a member to see more than the front page but it's free to join this group, too.  Just go here.

And when you need a break, don't forget the Kentucky Derby is running this evening!!!  I've already picked out the winner :)


renate said...

Yes, me too Rhonda. Always, every day have my travel paint with me and a sketch pad and... never used it!
Your pencil sketch is beautiful especially the first one. Love it!

laura said...

And me too! My friend Robin and I dragged backpacks of painting and drawing stuff all over Assateague Island for days ... We finally stopped and did a little drawing just to make ourselves feel better.
Pencil sketches are great, though ... and it's a different way of seeing.

Lorraine Brown said...

I pack too much art stuff when we caravan and should keep it more simple, but I am an all or nothing type of girl so it's not surprising LOL

CrimsonLeaves said...

So did you choose the winning horse, Rhonda? I believe I saw it was "Orb."

I think your sketches are wonderful and I never do even this much. I have great intentions but never manage to get much done.

RH Carpenter said...

Renate, Laura, Lorraine, so I am not the only one! ha ha If you are a studio artist, it's hard to not take too much out in the field or when you travel. I wouldn't mind taking it all if I'd just use it!

Sherry, neither Sweetie nor I had the winning horse - mine came in third!!

Sadami said...

Mmmm... Rhonda,
I always go to anywhere with a watercolour kit.
Cheers, Sadami

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

You know me.... sketch til you drop on location :) Love your lines in the first sketch.


hi rhonda ...lots of ideas in your pencil sketches hope you had a good break ... we have to travel light ! ...i usually take a moleskine watercolour sketchbook pencil and limited palette ...wish i could take more :)
your students work is a credit to you rhonda .

RH Carpenter said...

Thanks, Sadami and Pam :)

Jane, I wish I could learn the art of understatement (less is more and that's a good thing) in everything from packing clothes and art supplies to painting! ha ha