Plein Air Curacao, February 27 - March 7, 2015
I was looking forward to painting in Plein Air Curacao’ with excitement
and, admittedly, some trepidation.
It’s always a lot of work packing for a big painting event, but when you’re
traveling out of the country, there are even more complications.
My frames were the greatest concern.
I needed to pack my frames tightly and box them so that I could
transport them either on board the plane or in my suitcase with everything
arriving unscathed. I spent a fair
amount of time packing and re- packing, taping everything tightly with bubble wrap.
My next concern was supplies. I didn’t
think I’d have access to art supplies in Curacao’,
especially since I wouldn’t have a car. I
gathered my watercolor paper, trimming it to the size of the frames; I pulled together
a chair small enough to fit in my luggage and my new easel, the “en plein air
pro.” This will be the new easel’s first
use in the field. Paints were placed
into zip lock baggies, along with brushes, paper towels and my collapsible
water container. I checked my lists over
and over again to be sure I had everything necessary to paint.
Clothing is truly important. It has
to be comfortable; it has to be durable; it has to protect me from the sun and
the mosquitoes. I’ll be walking for
miles with my backpack, so I always take comfortable shoes, too.
Once I arrived in Curacao’, I was so relieved. My airport transport was waiting for me as I
exited the airport. The staff and
organizers of Plein Air Curacao’ were warm and helpful! The city of Willemstaad
was beautiful: the colorful 18th
century Dutch Colonial buildings that lined the inlet were just lovely. As soon as I discovered the landscape, I
could hardly wait to paint.
Our first evening featured a reception for the artists from Surinam. Their exhibit was lovely and the people
enchanting. Each day after that was
filled with travel around the island, receptions, lots of painting and robust
I couldn’t be happier.
As for my “en plein air pro” easel:
it performed like a champ. It can withstand the stiff island winds, as long as it’s
weighted with my backpack. I especially
like how the top of the easel moves around from upright to flat so that I can
paint my watercolors in any manner needed.
My favorite thing about this easel is how lightweight it is, fitting
easily into it’s own backpack, and with room enough for paper, small palette,
collapsible water container, and even my water and snacks for the day. There’s
still more plein air painting to come during this year, and only time will tell
how durable the easel will be.
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