July 5, 2017
I’m thrilled to be returning to Paris in seven days! I like to fill my paint pans a week in advance so that they paint can harden a bit and not look like a spin painting when I arrive at my destination. My favorite palette is my Winsor & Newton 3″ x 5″ metal box. After so much use, the metal insert has become totally rusty and difficult to clean.
In the past, I used the middle section for five additional half-pans rather than for storing a travel brush. Yesterday, after seeing the photo of Marc Taro Holmes travel palette the fireworks exploded in my head. Of course! I glue magnetic strips on paint pans to hold them into my altoid tins, why not get rid of the insert and simply use magnetic tins! Far easier to switch out pans and clean up at the end of the day.
I gathered all my metal palette boxes, some which I had never used due to the aggravation of the inserts, and transformed dozens of paint pans, scattered in every box, bag and coffee mug in my studio, into magnetic pans.
Finally, I had a great use for the thin nut tin I’ve stored for years.
Next, I filled my travel palette for Paris.
I can fit more extras including a few full pans.
Finally, I combined the altoid tin box and the business card palette box and came up with a pocket palette that even has a water container (the empty full pan) and three mixing dishes. It has flexibility to be used in numerous ways.
Though I’ll be working mostly in charcoal and graphite while I’m in Paris this time, I can’t leave home without my watercolors. I want to explore a few new exercises to share in my three workshops in Wales in October. If you have registered already for one or more of those workshops, you will be receiving the first of your pre-workshop exercises within a week.