The portability and cleanliness of watercolor pencils is the number one thing that drew me to the medium. Pencils and paper are arguably the most portable art supplies there are. I can quite easily keep a stash of pencils and some paper in a case or bag and carry them wherever.
Inspired by a recent viral James Gurney YouTube video, I snapped a pic of an airplane just before I boarded my plane and then sketched and painted it while on the flight. It was a really nice way to pass the time.
I was able to pull out my pencils and paint compactly and cleanly and with the Derwent waterbrush I brought. This tiny painting which measures 4”x3” was done on UArt 400 sanded pastel paper that I cut down to size before I left. I stored the pencils, paper and waterbrush in the Global Art Canvas Pencil Case - 48 pencil size. It's almost 5x8x2 inches which makes it VERY portable. The smaller case forces me to have a limited palette. I carry 24 pencils on one side of the two zippered case and 2 water brushes and my cut down paper in a cut down plastic folder on the other side. I also carry a paper towel, a small ruler, and a pencil sharpener. I can fit the whole kit in a jacket sized pocket or any bag/pack I might be carrying
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Pulling out my pencils and paper drew the attention from those that sat next to me but not in a bad way. The man next to me was very interested in watching and made comments as I progressed as to how good it looked. The flight attendants made a few nice comments as well. Just after we landed, the man next to me asked if he could snap a picture of the painting. I let him and it kind of made my day to get such nice compliments.
I spruced the painting up a little bit later that night while in my hotel. It is a really nice way to pass the time both in the plane and at the hotel. I think I make sure I do a little art piece like this a part of every trip I take.
I've made a goal to do 100 posts on this blog. Why 100? Because there are a couple of different challenges around the internet that focus on doing 100 things. One is the “Design 100 Somethings” project by one of my favorite illustrators Jake Parker.
But perhaps I was most inspired by Andy J. Pizza's podcast and Skillshare class. Andy preaches taking on a “Side Quest” as a creative challenge and even his “Creative Pep Talk” podcast was just a side quest for him. In his Skillshare class, he talks about the fact that you shouldn’t decide in the middle of a marathon how far you are going to run. As it relates to starting his podcast he said that he committed to do 100 episodes before he allowed himself to change course or even stop doing his podcast.
So 100 just seemed like the right number to shoot for. For me it is a super challenging goal but it is also doable. My ultimate goal is to see what building an art related website will teach me.
As part of this personal challenge, I wanted to make the goal more visual and tangible for me. So I had a little fun and created a paper chain of 100 links.. When I write a post, I get to remove a link from the chain. The picture here is when I was half done with 50 links. Those are simple blank index cards with random Neopastel2 colors blended with water on each card. I cut each of my 10 index cards into 10 strips for a total of 100 links.
[Picture: Chain with index cards.]
Kind of dumb but it was fun and it was motivating for me so I went with it.
I don’t plan to do the 100 posts in 100 days. That is far too aggressive for me. What I will do is post at least once a week because I know from experience a regular cadence as well as a deadline is necessary in challenges like these. What I will do every day is write or edit. I will write or edit for a minimum of 10 minutes a day on mainly blog posts but I may deviate and write whatever I want for 10 minutes. This approach is a combination of the book Writing Down the Bones [https://amzn.to/34QTNgV] and the book Make it Happen in 10 minutes a Day [https://amzn.to/2wVt1HN]. Both books have been a great inspiration to me. (I make a very small commission for purchases made through the above links.)
My weekly deadline to publish will be Wednesday night by midnight. I may post more often but that is a minimum. If I only post once a week this goal will take 2 years. I am prepared for that, but I don't think it will take that long.
Either way I am sure I will learn plenty this year!