tomorrow never knows

paint box

When it comes to packing for a trip you have to be strategic. Clothes, well that’s quite easy for me. I travel fairly light, I know what I like and there it is, I’m packed. I’ve been packed for days. Art materials, well that’s a different teapot of sardines. Even though I should have it down, I have to pore for ages over which pens to bring and which to leave behind, which pens still kinda work ok and which have worn down nibs but are good back-ups for the more intense cross-hatching of those trees I need to draw. My Winsor and Newton Cotman paints have been filled with all manner of possible colours for a while, but since drawing the above sketch – in my new small red moleskine, which is acting as a kind of journal / place for smaller quicker sketches for the upcoming London/Lisbon trip – I have added another paint to the set, Prussian Blue, because four blues just wasn’t enough. “You Never Know,” that seems to be the catchphrase. Just look at all the pens which made the final cut! That is mental, no truly it is mental. I am trying to cover all my bases, but I’m probably going to shave quite a few off this. Still, it is the 2nd International Urban Sketching Symposium, and when it comes to my sketching needs, You Never Know.

Art gear for lisbon

4 thoughts on “tomorrow never knows

  1. Moish says:

    I would of said you were mad, but heck, this IS the USK Symposium, if there were ever a time to go overboard this is it! Enjoy!
    Good thing 30 pens only weigh a pound or two, as opposed to 30 sketchbooks….

  2. Rowland Jones says:

    How we all know that feeling!!

    My stepson Ben has just given me a new pencil roll for my imminent birthday . . .

    so before heading to Florence yesterday I spent a goodly time ‘packing it’

    one of my projects has been the ‘smallest watercolour set in the world

    which neatly fits in to one of the pockets -but unfortunately my favourite Faber-Castell pens do not fit in the pencil loops . . . Doh!!

    Back to the drawing board

  3. Seana says:

    That doesn’t look at all unreasonable to me! I say you are right, you never know. Gotta have it with you, just in case. You should have seen the size of the diaper bag we used to carry when the kids were little! ; )

  4. Morris says:

    Satisfying pic of your travel selection – puts me in mind of Peter Blake (not in his mind, you know!) – careful, considered, conscientious. Ro co co as in oh Yoko Lisbonne

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