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Sketching on the move

Seasoned traveller and plein-air sketcher Barry Herniman reveals what he packs in his lightweight sketching kit – the one he takes on his walking holidays. Our Art Courses & Holidays supplement, supplied free with this issue, has more ideas to inspire you!

My painting holidays usually centre on a chosen venue each day, where we take in all the sights and sounds of the immediate surroundings. However, last year I got together with Matt at Alpha Painting Holidays to organise something a little different – a sketching and walking holiday in Exmoor. We had to carry everything with us, so painting kits were pared down to the bare minimum and, because we weren’t bogged down with a shed load of painting paraphernalia, everyone concentrated on producing quick and lively sketches throughout the walks, which was very enlightening.

My sketching kit

The sketching kit I took with me may look like a lot of equipment but it is a lot less than I usually take. The main alteration to my usual kit was a lightweight three-legged stool with a backrest. I had trawled the internet for a stool like this and they were either too heavy or were the right weight but had no backrest (a prerequisite to avoid back strain). So imagine my delight when I discovered one that ticked all the boxes…at the right price! The seat I usually take is rather large and cumbersome and totally unpractical to take on a walk, hence this purchase. The other change to my usual gear was the substitution of a smaller A5 landscape format hardbound sketchbook for my usual 10 11in one, which was too large to take in the Daysac. This sketchbook proved to be ideal for this purpose.

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Welcome to the first of our new standard 80-page magazine, packed with even more inspiring practical articles to help you to improve and enjoy your own drawing and painting. In addition, this month we also include your free 16-page supplement with details of some of the best art courses and holidays available to inspire and inform your creativity, whatever your level or years of experience. So, whether you love working in watercolour, oils, pencils or acrylics, take your work to the next level with our team of passionate artist/tutors including Judi Whitton on how to use body colour in your watercolours, Haidee-Jo Summers with some useful exercises to help you loosen up in oils, Mike Barr's beachscape demonstration, Paul Talbot-Greaves on how to start with a watercolour mess and end in success, Peter Graham on why the rose makes such a wonderful subject for still-life paintings, Robert Dutton on mastering perspective for city scenes, and Peter Burgess with tips on composition and the Golden Section, to highlight just a few articles in this issue. Plus, there's so much more to guide and inspire your artistic development within our new 80-page issue - enjoy!