Gearing up for the Lisbon Symposium
Gearing up to head to Lisbon for the Urban Sketchers Symposium! This is kind of overkill for a painting trip – but I’ll be there for 10 days travelling around and painting.
It’s really; More paint that I’d ever need. Too many brushes. A dozen unnecessary backup pens. Three times as much paper as I expect to use, and the iPhone.
I’m going to work larger this trip – thus the attractive sheet of blue coroplast duct-taped onto my watercolor easel. It’s actually a pretty nice surface for taping down loose sheets. I used to use blocks in the field – but as I go larger, they simply got too heavy. This is ugly – but as light as possible. And water proof. (The ‘easel’ is the black plastic slabs under the paper towels. People always ask – it’s an E. Michaels En Plein Air Pro – which is just two small surfaces that attach to a camera tripod).
The other tripods are my WalkStool (invaluable!) and a nice ultralight from Velbon. It’s unique as it’s super light weight, but for some crazy reason is designed for an 8 foot tall photographer. So it holds the iPhone up out of my way while capturing a timelapse. That is if I don’t get involved in the painting and forget to use it :)
This is a Quebecois inside joke. Someone is re-purposing our French Stop signs with reflective tape over the A*R*T in ARRET. Good one! whoever you are :)