Seaside Sketching, Art Adventure

I visited the seaside with the family recently...

We always make time for the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  It was the last weekend for the Jellies exhibit. My favorite exhibit by far is the cephalopod collection they have curated. OH BOY. They have some lovelies... One of my new favorites:

The Flamboyant Cuttlefish

These little fellas are SO tiny but pack a big punch! It is always fascinating to stop by their tank and watch them communicate with color, like little artists of the sea! More about Cuttlefish HERE.

These little fellas are SO tiny but pack a big punch! It is always fascinating to stop by their tank and watch them communicate with color, like little artists of the sea! More about Cuttlefish HERE.

Hanging out near Moss Landing... watching a pod of whales (found out later through the interwebs they were Humpbacks) SO COOL. Always we forget the binoculars. 

Hanging out near Moss Landing... watching a pod of whales (found out later through the interwebs they were Humpbacks) SO COOL. Always we forget the binoculars. 

Sketching at the beach is so much fun... It is always always a lesson in patience- the wind, the sun, the sand... plein aire has its rewards though. You get out of your everyday space, see something new, meet other people and I always come back to my studio refreshed. It's easier to paint the colors of the landscape, seascape and real life scape, in REAL life... try it! 

Sketching at the beach is so much fun... It is always always a lesson in patience- the wind, the sun, the sand... plein aire has its rewards though. You get out of your everyday space, see something new, meet other people and I always come back to my studio refreshed. It's easier to paint the colors of the landscape, seascape and real life scape, in REAL life... try it! 

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This is what I've been throwing in my tote lately, most of which I've received in my ArtSnacks monthly kit... Check it out if you want. I am not an affiliate, just love the subscription! :)

  • Windsor & Newton Half Pan Watercolor Set... love this one, plus you can order more colors from your favorite Art Supplier. I haven't found half-pans locally, just online.
  • Trusty Pencils and Sharpener - I got this cool 4 in 1 sharpener in an Artsnacks - made by KUM
  • Various brushes- I used to only take the brush that came with my watercolor kit, but I always found myself wishing for more brushes... so now I throw a few favs in- I like a baby liner or other small detail brush, a 4 filbert and then my larger Pentel brush...
  • Pentel Water Brush- just ordered more of these. These are so so handy! You fill the handle with water and squeeze a bit to fill the brush with water. I really enjoy this tool, but it does take a bit of patience and practice... you know art. ;)
  • Various sizes of watercolor paper. If you can work dry-ish or you can handle the buckle go for #140 and below... otherwise I really like #300 paper from Arches. You can fold it and rip it easily into smaller pieces, but they also sell it now in pads and books. I usually also bring a sketchbook, either mixed media or watercolor paper.
  • Carry it! :) Something lightweight that will fit everything nicely, so you can grab it and go quickly. You want your plein air kit to be easy, so you can paint on the go. :) I like my BAGGU, pictured above, but anything with a nice zipper that will wash up if you get paint on it will work!
  • Water Recepticle - you will want a nice water container with a lid. Save your painty water and dispose in a sink- paint contains lots of nasty chemicals that are bad for the soil. :)
  • Everything listed above can be purchased at your favorite art shop online... I like Dick Blick, Jerry's Artarama and Amazon... I've also seen quite a few watercolor travel kits on Ebay lately. 
    • HAPPY PAINTING!! Have your own art kit? Share it with me on Instagram! #travelartkit and tag me in your photo! I'd love to see what you bring with you on your adventures!