I've found it hard in the past finding something 'artful' to entertain myself on the road. Acrylic paint, canvas, and brushes do not travel easily - I've never come up with a travel kit I could manage very well. I do know someone who paints in the car (as a passenger of course) but I'm not that brave.
Lately I've been really enjoying a set of watercolor pencils I got a while back. I bought a pad of colored pastel paper a few weeks ago and started drawing on this material with my pencils. Now I'm hooked! I love the way the background color sets the mood of the picture.
Here are two examples - the "Sailing Ships" on the gray paper sets a mood of a cool, overcast day with the sun trying to break through. The cartoon image called "Whale Song" is brighter, using the blue paper to tie the sky and sea together.
Now that we're back on the boat I can start painting again. Unfortunately, I'm kind of hooked on those pencils at the moment... Arrrggghhh!
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