The next question is how to transport those precious moist canvases home

February 04 [Mon], 2013, 21:56
That’s what I really loved about the people–they may be captive on their little island, but they sure know how to, within the words of Tim Gunn, “make it work.”I wasn’t able to fresh paint on this trip, however I’m often asked about the technicality of managing it all. Travel with art supplies takes a few careful preparation. Discovering art stores can be tough, if not impossible, in certain countries. Besides that, we all have our favorite colors and canvas surfaces and painting in a international country can be intimidating enough without attempting to make do with unfamiliar supplies.Since Oil Painting the guidelines regarding combustibles are rigid. I often avoid the problem by taking watercolors, but even then those small tubes often appear suspicious to a TSA broker. I’ve had no trouble (to date) packing oil offers in my luggage and I thought I’d share things i do, with the knowning that we can but try.Before you leave, try to determine how many canvases you’ll be able to complete every day: one in the early morning, one in the afternoon, one for good luck?Jane Barton in ItalyThere aren't any starving artists in Cuba. One reason for this really is that each person gets food from the government each month: one quarter of the chicken, 5 eggs and 5 lbs each of rice, black beans and sugar. (Sugar is cheap within Cuba and heath care is free to the rising amounts of diabetics.)Artists presently there make more money than physicians, lawyers or college professors. Why? Because they are not, like the other people, state employees, and therefore are able to keep more of what they make. Again, the reason why? Because Castro considers all of them cultural ambassadors and curators, and incredibly important to keeping the actual Cubans….Cuban.Would it be worth it to reside in Cuba, with the restrictions which entails, to be at the top of the food chain for a change? Not for me. But I can tell you that in lots of ways the young, hip, vibrant artists which i recently met on my trip to Havana were just like artists here in the actual U.S.
These were enthusiastic about their current work at the Biennial, were not impressed with the price of art supplies which had to be brought in from Europe as well as knew how to party. The Art gene is really a powerful one.I’ve simply started paintings from that wonderful journey. How much paint will you need? If you don’t know how much paint you use in a week or two, start monitoring what you use before leaving. You’ll probably need a lot associated with white paint as well as small (37ml) tubes of colours you use regularly, but just half a tube of specialty colors, like reds for flowers. Paint tubes are heavy, so find out the weight limit for your airline and load up carefully to avoid extra baggage charges.We make sure that I incorporate a very visible be aware (see below) to the TSA on the outside of a dual zip lock tote of paints. The actual note assures the actual TSA people that the material are not combustible. We learned on the Gamsol site and others NEVER to make reference to the contents because “paint”! The double tote is because the paints might pop open up due to baggage maintain pressure and you most likely don’t want to wear dioxizine crimson all over your clothes…for a 7 days.The next question is how to transport those precious moist canvases home. Once you know how many canvases you think you’ll need, there are several ways to carry and pack them efficiently. On my first trip to France I precut my personal 8 x 10” canvas with a Night sky painting inch edge around them. We carried three or four 1/8 in . gator boards that were an additional half inch bigger than the canvas. (Animals painter Carl Rungius just thumbtacked the actual corners, so you can try that.) At the end of a painting session We pulled the wet canvas off the panel, set it aside in order to dry, and recorded a fresh one upon for the next day.The Cubanos are a beautiful, friendly group. The town of Havana reminds me of the stunning woman “of a certain age” whose beauty is still there under the surface of time’s wear, and I don’t understand what they do to the dark beans and rice (known as “Moors and Christians”) but my mouth seas just thinking about them. The Buena Vista Sociable Club music is incorporated in the air and enables you to want to get up and dance in between endless rounds of mojitos as well as pina coladas.Pit Stop by Her BartonOh, and then there are the cars–I took 360 photos of mid-century Chevys, Buicks and even one of the few 1956 Lincoln Ls Mark Twos in the traditional western hemisphere. My first painting, proven here, is a common picture in Havana: a car is actually stopped dead on a town street and Cubanos are over it, once more figuring out how to make it operate again with no parts and no gas. You are able to bring dozens of canvases by doing this with a minimum of weight as well as space. By the end of the trip–a week or two–the first canvases are pretty dry and can safely end up being stacked with sheets of waxed paper between them. The wet ones can be installed on both sides of the boards and taped as well as push pin “spacers”, then wrapped tightly in plastic for the journey home. You can also make use of a light weight card board wet box to transport them home. On my last trip to Italy, We brought Raymar’s Featherweight boards and loved them. Whatever method you decide to use, it helps to bring only one size board so they’ll stack and load up easily.
You can always adjust the size with tape if you decide you need a different shape for the subject.Be sure to carry on the things you can’t do without. I carry a Two to three oz. plastic bottle of Liquin in my carry on “liquids” bag and add a little of it every day to my white paint. That helps to ensure that most of the colors may have some drying agent in them to help speed up the process. I keep on my brushes. Everybody has their favorites and are not likely to find them within little out of the way cities). I also include a few canvases, boards and masking tape. These are the things that are hard to replace in the event that my bag gets lost for a few days.Photo to Painting you cannot pack or even carry on Gamsol or turps–the very first adventure in each town is finding some at a home improvement store or art store if they have one! It helps if you can look up the words for “turpentine”,“mineral spirits”, “solvent” and “odorless” and write them lower before you leave the country.I also make sure that my clean washer container is as odor free as I can make it–I wash it out in soap and water and double zip lock bag it to avoid having any difficulty there. I load up my palette knife in my luggage, too, and pray for it’s safe arrival.Focusing on The Nets through Jane BartonFinally, my “insurance kit”: I always carry on a very compact kit associated with watercolor paper, paints squeezed out in palette mugs and left out to dry before I pack them, paint brushes and old film containers for water–if the oils don’t make it for some time, I still can hit the ground running and start painting after i arrive in town.There are no guarantees and the guidelines change, so be sure to check airline websites before you leave, but these ideas have worked for me and I’ve had so many fantastic experiences painting abroad! I hope you’ll share any kind of travel tips you’ve found in your travels with us on this blog. Pleased painting–wherever you may be!“A journey is a person in by itself; no two tend to be alike. and all plans, safeguards, policies and coercion are fruitless, we discover after years of battle that we do not take a visit; a trip takes all of us.”
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