I’m currently visiting California this summer and would like to share my traveling tips for pleinair oil painters.
- Pack light – Bring the essentials: paints, brushes and supports. Canvas boards or prepared masonite boards are flat, lightweight and easy to pack into a suitcase.
- Put your oil paints into a double zip-lock bag in your suitcase.
- Use a throw away palette or preferably a cigar box.
- Pack a light aluminum travel easel or a wooden one.
- Bring along metal clamps to clamp your paint box or board.
- Don’t bother transporting turpentine or mediums, it’s prohibited and besides you can surely find them on site.
What if my paintings are still wet?
A great way to pack wet or damp paintings shown to me by my friend and fellow painter, Bruce Katz, is to use a wine bottle cork.
- Slice the cork evenly and place one disk in each corner of a damp painting.
- Place another damp painting face down on the bottom painting.
- Wrap them in large rubber bands.
- Wrap in paper.
Do you have any tips to share? Let me know in the comments below.