How to Sketch and Paint while Walking or Standing – Interesting ideas from Jenny Meehan British Contemporary Fine Artist based in South West London

December 22, 2010

Being keen to spend more time drawing, and wanting to use the time I have more efficiently, I have realised that to be able to sketch while standing up or walking along might well be an activity which serves me well. I have spent some time thinking through practicalities, and have come up with a few ideas to try out.

I purchased a little plastic container, with lid, which includes a clip from a local DIY store, it’s made for tools, but it’s idea for putting Neocolours, pencils, brushes, or whatever you are using in. It clips onto your jeans or a pocket; it’s very handy. Alternatively, I plan to try out an old camera case…it’s made for a camera with a long zoom lens and has a belt which goes around the waist. That might be better when walking, as it’s a bit more robust. You can buy tiny little watercolour boxes (complete with a thumb ring) if you want to use paint while on the move. I prefer to use Neocolour watersoluble wax crayons, because I like to use them dry and wet, but I think I will try the small watercolour tin option at some point. Alternatively I have also thought of making a small mobile palette using an old CD case…This would work by one squeezing a little amount of watercolour from tubes onto the inside, and then using the centre as a mixing area. You could hold this near the top of your sketch pad quite easily, and with some water in your tool carrier and brush in hand, you’d be away!

Oh, ideas! Ideas! It’s pleasant to escape with even thoughts of painting right now, as life’s circumstances seem to be working against any painting…I am getting some drawing done though. As I have spent a lot of time recently experimenting with acrylics and various mediums and techniques, my experiments have resulted in a lot of non objective painting, with interesting textures and colours but no explicit subject matter. I see this as a necessary activity, but not one which I will continue with forever. There are so many technical possibilities with acrylic paint, it is quite exciting, but I find emotionally I feel much more bonded to oil paint. Using acrylic underpainting with oil on top might be the way forward for me. Certainly it solves the problem I currently have with regard to drying space for my paintings. I normally have about ten paintings on the go at one time, and ten oil paintings do take up quite a bit of space, even if they are small.

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