Just returned from a much needed vacation in the American southwest. My family and I hiked in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, watched the International Balloon Fiesta's mass ascension at dawn, studied the many weird and wonderful exhibits at the National Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe, NM, road in a jeep into Canyon de Chelly on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and ate roasted green chilies on everything.
While trying to sketch on the trail, I learned two important rules: always bring all the supplies you need and remember to make time for art.
In need of a large brush for background washes, I found the only art store near was a Hobby Lobby... which was closed for Sunday. :P I only have two sketches, because of the sketchbooks I brought; one was small and flimsy and the other too big (and therefore heavy to carry around).
Here is what I'll do next time. First, pack right for hiking.
The kit: hiking pack, watercolor tin, soft paper towels, mid sized sketchbook with watercolor paper, small brass rod (for judging distances), chisel 3/4" brush for washes, Pentel water brush, assorted Micron pens (black, blue/black, sepia) of varying sizes, Faber-Castell black brush pen, White Gel Pen (Sakura Gelly Roll preferred), 2 mechanical pencils one with non-photo blue lead, the other H2 graphite and last but not least a tri-tip pencil eraser.
Not pictured: Water bottles, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, hat, compass, tiny first aid kit, collapsible cup and common sense.
Second, keep my materials on me so I can draw during my downtime, like when waiting for an order of Mole Enchiladas. Mmmm.... Mole.
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