In my recent researches into Turner I came across this three part video series on YouTube. It’s a partnership of the Tate and watercolor painter Mike Chaplin in which he takes a brief look at a few Turner works then goes into the field to give it a go himself. The first is on Line, the second on Tone, and the third on Color. They aren’t exactly educational, more inspirational I think. Really a nice example of how much can be done in a 5 minute clip.
In the second video on Tone he showcases a pretty neat compact watercolor kit with a clip on cup an integrated water bottle. I found it here. Of course I want it–who wouldn’t, especially after seeing it in action (silly I know). Not wanting to drop more money on something I really don’t need, I made a little clip-on water cup of my own out of an Altoids Smalls container which latches onto my compact box. No integrated flask, and my box only holds 8 colors, but it’s a nice budget option for sure:
Best of all it all fits in a pencil pouch with a couple brushes. Just need to keep a small water bottle with me for quick studies on the go. If only I had time for them during the day.
Like your blog–and your watercolours! These little mini tins are such a great item to carry. And thanks for those three links to the Tate videos–outstanding! Have you checked out the Tate’s collection of Turner’s sketchbooks? It’s amazing. I have learned a lot from looking at and studying them.
Thank you for finding my blog. Very glad you’re enjoying it. I have found the Tate collections of sketchbooks online. I hope someday to see his works in person as well.