Testing out the new sketch easel in our sun room this morning. I packed my bag for the journey upstairs, trying to make sure I have everything I need. I usually forget something, so this dry-run was a good exercise to see if I was missing anything. The list goes like this:

  • Tripod & sketch easel
  • Masterson palette, primed with water and palette sheet added
  • Paint & brushes
  • Paper towels or rag
  • Paper – Arches 10×14
  • Pencils and sharpener
  • Also helps to have water soluble colored pencils. I have an old set of Caran d’Ache
  • Water cup
  • Clips

So I set up and got started. That’s when I realized I forgot to pack water. Note to myself for next time. Good thing I was next to my kitchen. Not too bad for the first time painting in gouache for the first time in a couple years. I realized that a few tubes had dried out. Mainly my yellows. The last thing that I find helpful I should bring is an artists viewfinder. It’s just a square piece of plastic but it helps you figure out the composition quickly.

If you want to know how I built the easel, check this post

sun room painting in gouache

Painting of mid century chairs in gouache March, 2022

Painting of mid century chairs in a sun room, by Scott Henderson, gouache, March, 2022