This morning I attended a Travel Journal demo at Daniel Smith Bellevue. Molly Hashimoto talked about her methods and kit for sketching.
The first thing I noticed before class was the size of her sketchbooks. You can see some stacked to the right in the above photo. They were being passed around. She uses a 10×14 inch Arches hard backed spiral bound sketchbook available at DS. DS also sells the more portable 10×7 size. They are expensive but she said the paper is excellent.
Her favorite color at the moment is Perylene Green (PBk31; Series 2; lightfastness 1) The store manager did a quick drawing for a tube. I didn’t win it but I did later buy some!
The kit she takes on hikes is very small: a pen, a tiny Windsor Newton palette, a Moleskine watercolor book and a water brush. For plein air she uses a larger palette, the large sketchbook and her brushes in a case, all fit around a camping chair.
She recommended starting the painting with the lightest values.
She has a calendar and other items published by Pomegranate Publications, which is linked from her website.
Cindy has moved from Daniel Smith Seattle to manage the store in Bellevue. She said she and the manager of Seattle store will be bringing back demos. I’m glad, as I’d noticed the lack of them over the summer.
I had come armed with a list of replacement colors I needed so rewarded the hosting of the demo by spending money! I’d decided to try the watercolor sticks for those colors available as sticks. With their permission, I also hung in the classroom the large poster for the Edmonds Urban Sketchers show. I’ll post more about that as we get closer to October.