Later this year I will be taking the studio on the road. I will be traveling over seven thousand miles in the car and have decided to take a portable studio with me to create a 30 piece series inspired by the sights outside my window.

To prepare for this series I decided it would be a good idea to do some proof of concept pieces for me to narrow down the list of supplies I would need to complete each piece. After all, I will only have one small bag for storage and a tiny work surface to take with me.

These “practice” pieces were inspired by a trip I took last fall to Eastern Washington. While still very much abstract, these pieces have a representational feel as they are inspired by the landscape and the view out the window. I am excited to explore a new subject and to take my paintings on a new path of abstraction.

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The best part of exploring and discovering with these first three pieces was I discovered a new to me paint. Tommy Art Mineral Paints by DIY Paint have become my new favorite studio supply. They are amazing. When applied with a palette knife (which is how I apply all of my paint) they dry with the look and feel of plaster!!!! So much texture and amazing goodness that they make me giddy every time I use them.

As I experimented with the mineral paint I looked around the studio for a complimentary supply that would really show off the texture the paint produced. My find…..Pan Pastels. The combination of these two mediums creates a a piece that has depth and texture that typically takes layers of acrylic paint to achieve. I am so excited!!! I really can’t imagine painting with anything else, this combination is exactly what I have been looking for for years.

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Now that I have the details figured out, I am ready to pack up my supplies and hit the road. In addition to painting a piece everyday of the trip I will be photographing and recording the trip and sharing a video daily on my Youtube channel, with highlights appearing here on the blog. I will share more details as we get closer to the trip, for now subscribe to the blog and Youtube to not miss out on the this exciting adventure.