To escape the winter this year I went to Europe to embark on a river cruise from Passau, Germany to Budapest. First stop was Paris.
As I was only away for a few weeks, I decided not to take the easel and treated the trip as pure reconnaissance . Apart from being a tad cliche, setting up the French easel on the streets of Paris would no doubt attract a few tourist and would have been rather distracting, as I am a Plein air painter and not a street performer , taking notes and doing small thumb nail sketches sufficed.
As the year draws to a close I look forward to the summer holiday season and like most people, I guess, we may reflect on the ups and downs of the past year. The upside for me this year was a two month (June / July) working road trip across the States, with the main intention of participating in a painting workshop with the great figurative painter, Kim English.
Since my recent article for ‘Artist’s Palette’ magazine (see full article under ‘PRESS’ on this website) , I have had several emails regarding some of the gear I use and how to obtain them. So beneath the following ‘DEMO’ is a brief description . Continue reading materials for Demo→
In July 2003, I flew into the U.S.A for my first time, for a painting road trip across the States. On my arrival at LAX, I purchased an old ford from a smooth talking Hispanic used car salesman in Venice CA. I threw the easel and suitcase into the boot and headed off first to San Francisco. A few weeks and a few paintings later, it was back down along the West coast via Carmel and Big Sur to San Diego, painting a few seascapes along the way.