When I’m traveling by car, I bring along all the tools I’ve mentioned in the tools for painting page.  But when you’re taking a plane or a train, you can’t lug along everything.  So I put what I can in my conventional flat suitcase, and leave my paint bucket behind. I might do this if I were to take along my portfolio bag containing mats and original paintings.

When I arrive at my destination, before going outside to paint, I’ll check to see if someone has an extra paint bucket, 2-liter plastic bottle, pint-size cottage cheese container, and a roll of paper towels. Most likely I have to purchase these items, none of which are expensive.

I’ll then stuff my sweater, binoculars, radio, suntan lotion, and towel in the bucket.  If I didn’t ship or bring along a larger-size masonite board, I can pick one of these up at a local store. And should I do this, most likely I’ll leave the larger easel and paint bucket behind.  When I return, they’ll be there for me to use again.

Click Picture to Purchase: "Where the Kootenai & Moyie Rivers Meet" 22x30

When I travel somewhere to paint, I generally will leave or send one or two frames. This allows me at some later date to bring along with me original paintings and mats that I or someone else can then pop into these frames.  Since the frames I use don’t cost me an arm and a leg, it’s not a great sacrifice to do this.  These caches of frames, paintings, paint buckets, and masonite easel-boards in a few strategic locations work out great for me!

Click Picture to Purchase: "Scene at Tracy Aviary, SLC"

The major problem I encounter traveling by air is that once I get there it’s difficult to lug paintings and display easels about… those 3-legged wood easels that give you a great deal of flexibility when you’re planning an exhibit of free-standing paintings.  I’ve purchased a number of them but also left them behind.  Aaron Brothers has a rather inexpensive model I’ve found useful.  I rent a vehicle at the airport and pick up paintings, easels, and other stuff at various places where I’ve left them.

Douglas Stenhouse also wrote a book about watercolor painting.

“I decided to write about how I paint, not only to share my observations with others, but also, frankly, to do some self- examination. I wish I had done this earlier in my life! But then, how was I to know I’d benefit from doing so, certainly at a time when I had no aspirations of becoming a professional artist.” 

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Douglas Simms Stenhouse, watercolor artist, transparent water color art, watercolor painter, painting with water colors