tackling themes on a much larger scale, for example beneath the
Cuillins on the Isle of Skye in March (right), I take
along two additional boxes of materials. They carry a
larger range of watercolours in tubes, a selection of oil pastels,
charcoal and different crayons, a number of large soft nylon
brushes (from 1/2 to 2 inch in size), and other bits and pieces.
The lightweight aluminium easel (see the 'Versatile Easel' at Frank Herring and Sons) is tethered to stabilise in the wind.
Although in the small sketchbook there will be pages where the media are mixed - charcoal and pencil, crayon and watercolour, ink and dry wash for example, it is when working on a larger scale the mixing of the media tends be more robust. So oil pastel might be worked hard before watercolour washes applied, or charcoal brushed with water and oil pastel rubbed in over the top. A work made like that would be labelled 'mixed media'.
|(Right) I usually have binoculars with me for distant viewing, but
increasingly use a small Opticron Gallery Scope that enables very close
focusing. It is fascinating being able to explore the minute beauty
of bees, beetles, dragonflies and butterflies.