With the Flint Hills plein air workshop only a week and a half away, and the New Braunfels workshop right around the corner, I thought a post that explained how my plein air set up works would be timely.
There are many questions to ask yourself when packing your gear for plein air, but four main ones come to mind: 1) Medium(s) in which you will work, 2) How you are traveling, ex. driving or flying, 3) Where you are traveling, ex. continental U.S. or international, 4) How are you arriving to painting locations once at your destination, ex. hiking vs. driving. I have experience with many of these situations and will cover them over a period of time. For this post, I will cover traveling with oil paints where one would be driving to the destination and not needing to walk for a very long distance. This covers what I do 80 percent of the time, and will help most of you in most situations.
|Backpack with all gear inside|
|10x12 pochade on tripod|
I use Raymar's wet panel carriers. I have several traditional wooden boxes, but once these came out, really have had little use for them. I will keep a wooden box in the back of my car when I know I'll have my car close. Unlike the wooden boxes, the Raymar box is lightweight, made out of fluted polypropylene plastic. And unlike the cardboard panel carrier boxes out there, these are waterproof and strong. I can fit an 8x10 or smaller box in my backpack, and keep the larger ones in the car. On a short walk, I can easily carry the 10x12 Raymar box since everything else is inside my pack.
|Main compartment of backpack|
Inside the larger compartment:
• 10x12 Open Box M pochade, inside a Hefty 2.5 gal. bag to help slow drying time
• 8x10 Raymar wet panel carrier that holds up to 6 panels
|Rubbermaid container with oils|
|Rubbermaid container with brush washer|
• Small brush case - holds 10 brushes and/or palette knives
• Brass tray that attaches to pochade for holding brushes
• Breathable rain jacket, Cabela's Dry Plus Ultra with it's own bag.
• Small sketch book
• Car sun visor and two clamps
• First aid kit with band-aids, instant ice pak,
wrap, alcohol pads, latex-free gloves, etc.
• Wet-Ones and small spray bottle for baby oil
• Pencils, small pencil sharpener, erasers
• Clip to attach carabiner with keys, pepper spray and whistle
• Bug Spray
• Small wallet
• Cel phone
• Other things you want to get to easily
• 2 water bottles in the side pockets
• Tripod slides through the ski slots
• Ball cap velcros to the carry handle
As you might suspect, a lot of thought after many painting experiences have gone into this set up. You can take this list and adapt it to your particular backpack organization.
|Sun visor shielding pochade|