Writes Putnam: This picture shows everything I pack for a painting trip, with the exception of the small digital camera I used to take the photograph. All of these supplies will fit into my backpack except for the tripod. For 99 percent of my painting excursions, this is exactly what I pack. There may be a slight difference in size of Panelroo, but you get the idea. I can either get one 8" x 10" and one 6" x 8" Panelroo inside the backpack together, or one 9" x 12" Panelroo by itself. (If I decide to take other sizes that are larger, I put them in a canvas tote-type bag and hang it over my shoulder.) Each Panelroo holds two panels safely without touching.
I bought this Eddie Bauer backpack at a Marshall's or something for about $12. It's pretty worn out, but I just cannot bring myself to pay full price for a new one. See how everything all stacks neatly? On the other side of the brush roll is a roll of paper towels. The backpack itself measures 18" tall by 11" wide and is approximately 7" deep, with several smaller pockets and mesh pockets on either side. I have used an interior pocket to hold the utility knife and some business cards and the mesh water-bottle pockets to hold the OMS can, sunscreen, metal brush holder, etc., on one side. Bottled water, paint tubes (which I sometimes put in a paint roll), and bug spray are on the other side, and my sketchpad and viewfinder and a small pack of baby wipes are in the front pouches.
It certainly helps that I use a limited palette of three colors and titanium white. Usually I load fairly big piles of paint onto my palette from large tubes kept in the car, and I pack the small tubes in my backpack for replenishing if needed.
The supplies Frank Serrano
packed for his recent painting trip into the Sierras
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