it seems i’m zipping back up the coast for a few more days and i’m taking my new roadtrip art bag slash tote with me. usually i toss everything into market bags, but then i saw this orla kiely tall flower weekender cosmetic bag at target. it fits 2 extra small sketchbooks, 1 medium sized sketchbook, my writing journal, and my smaller sized fabriano eco qua. also lots of brushes, pens, scissors, gouache palette, watercolor palette, 3 pairs of underpants, and a bra.
nah just kidding.
about the watercolor palette.
it would hold plenty of other art supplies like paper & tubes of gouache etc., if you didn’t store your books inside too. i’m trying to corral everything into one place though, and for a few days this is all i need.
i wouldn’t take this on a long distance trip to another continent, because i don’t travel with this many art supplies, but for a quick getaway, say, here for example…
this painting is from the small exhibit i went to yesterday. i present it to you because in 24 hours this will be me daintily stepping out of the frigid shark-infested pacific. in case i don’t have someone photograph me from shore i want you to have a visual image to reference. of course with an extra long telescoping selfie stick i could just do it myself.
swim costume is packed in case i muster up my courage for a dawn or sunset swim.
here are the french melamine plates i brought back as a souvenir from sweden.
but they’re so cute!
i gathered my writing journals from various corners of moss cottage and put them in this lovely canvas box that no one will ever see because it’s in storage deep inside a dark closet. with a label. in case there is any question who the narrator is. there’s a note on the back of the tag. i can’t tell you what it says. nothing sappy i can assure you.
in order to make room for the box-o-journals, i had to get rid of my very heavy wooden ammo box where some of the journals were living. here at moss cottage there is simply no room to accumulate crap.
in keeping with the totally random nature of this post, here are some photos from a weekend walk.
zippity do dah!
elise b. says
i love how the corner of the chair looks like part of his rounded ear. did you do that on purpose? Love it! so glad Wyatt is healed.
Sister! I fit a toothbrush in mine too and my small derringer.
Michele Unger!!!!!!!! I am dying with jealousy about the whole Alabama chanin hand sewing class. please please please e-mail me and tell me how it was when you get done. xoxoxoxo!
Carol aka Sister!
Linda Watson says
Recently, because of a shoulder injury, I discovered that everything I needed to go to a weaving conference in Illinois for 10 days could be put in a regular sized tote bag. That included art supplies, and a smattering of clothes. Amazing. Wyatt’s ears are rather cute, although I’m sorry he had to have his surgery. Still, they’re a bit rakish. Have fun at that beach. Wish I was there. Maybe in Sept.
penny mccall says
If you are going to be in my hood & need more red book tape-give
a call. I’d love to share my ROD book with you.
Elizabeth Woodford says
Love those plates!! How could one resist??????????????????? I also am in love with that cosmetic bag, anything that helps limit what I take on trips for art supplies is a VERY GOOD thing!!
Have a great time in SB!
I am afraid Beatrix Potter, and Peter the Rabbit are … english. Translated in french, i agree. Anyway, your plates are cute.
With your suitcase, you are ready for Barbizon !!!
Mary Ann Moss says
yes of course they are, but they are manufactured in france by a french company
Vicki in Michigan says
Random mix works for me………. Love your little flowery bag, full of excellence. For some reason I read “Secrets and Lies” as “Ferrets and Lies.” (Just throwing that one out there, in case you go blank when looking for a title……..) Love the cacti. Love the plates (which are perfectly suited to their environment). Wish I were going to the beach………….
Andrea Shedletsky says
I have been a “stealth reader” for quite a while…time to remedy that. Truly enjoy it when one of your posts pops up in my mail! Thanks for sharing your point(s)? of view(s)?
Mary Stanley says
Those plates!!! swoon…..!
I just simply love visiting your blog. Love the Melamine plates and all the other good stuff. Can I please have the heavy ammo boxes?
Caroline Berk says
I am trying to fit out a bag to have ready for sketching but other stuff keeps wandering in and the sketching stuff has migrated to the nightstand! You have inspired me to try again. You know I guess that I could carry the bag from room to room as well as out on the town!why didn’t I think of that before? Thanks, MAM
Michele Unger says
Happy Trails to you, my friend. Enjoy your time at the coast. I am heading to the desert for a couple of day. My hubby has a cabin on the Columbia River and one of my kidlets is coming up with her tribe and a friend and her tribe and there will be grown -ups (???) and children and two old farts (me and hubby, that is) all milling around, cooking things, eating things, lounging, laughing, loving being together. Then home again, jigadee jig, to pack up to attend a hand sewing class (Alabama Chanin, if you know what I mean). Then one day home again and then—drum roll—Nantucket for two weeks with my bestie. Life is good. Life is crazy. I am soooooo lucky. I love my life. I love reading about yours. Let us go and frolic some more and make the most of the waning summer!