Tools of the trade. What I take plein air painting.
My computer backpack has held up well over the years. It will hold paints, brushes, water containers, paint rag, spray bottle, as well as a few business cards and my ice tea and lunch.
Half inch thick gator board (foam core) holds my half sheet watercolor paper that I paint on. Large clips hold the 140 lb hot press watercolor paper in place. The board is 2 inches larger than the 15x22 inch paper.
Paper palette for mixing paint. I use the largest (12x16 inch) Canson palette with the thumb hole so I can hold palette and paint rag in one hand.
Paint rag is an old cotton tee shirt, and spray bottle is one that closes water tight.
This canvas portfolio is made and sold at Columbia Art and Drafting Supply on NE Burnside in Portland Oregon. It carries watercolor paper, paper palettes, and board to clip paper to.
Tubes of Utrecht paint that stay at home. These are 5oz tubes. Too heavy to carry. Note there are no earth colors. More about colors later.
Synthetic bristle brushes work just fine. 1/2 inch to 1 inch wide. I use a Ron Ranson Hake watercolor brush for underpainting washes that often start a painting.
Plein air pack, portfolio, and easel on a luggage cart. All we have to do is add one painter and we get plein air paintings.
Watercolor easel from Blick Art Materials on NW 11th Ave. Portland Oregon. The table is made from "gator board" covered with contact shelf paper. Here I can set paints, brushes and water.
Paint box from Ace Hardware contain the 9 colors I paint with in a single tightly closed box. This is a box for screws with a lid with ridges that reduce the paint flow between colors.
Here is what my paint studio looks like at the Rose Garden in Portland Oregon, June 2014.