Last year, my husband and I decided it was time to live out our dream of exploring the world.
We gave most of our stuff to Goodwill, put the rest in storage, and embarked on a nomadic journey that has so far taken us to San Francisco, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. After that, who knows?! We've pared down all of our day-to-day material belongings to fit into 2 checked bags and 2 carry-ons, and we're loving it! Thanks to the Internet, we can still conduct business as usual (and I can still make plenty of art!).
It was a challenge deciding which art supplies to bring. As much as I love to paint, acrylics would have been impractical to carry around - and I knew from experience that I'd likely never use watercolors if I brought them - so my paints, brushes and canvases were all carefully packed away into a storage unit that wound up filled to the brim (mostly with art supplies and books - our 2 favorite things!). As much as I enjoy traveling, I do look forward to the day when I can unpack those supplies and tuck in!
Here's a photo of the art supplies that I ended up bringing with me:
My art-making "traveling kit" consists of:
Interestingly enough the art supply I use most frequently is the iPad. It's become my go-to tool for making art because it's so versatile - with various apps you can create art that looks just as if it were painted in watercolors or drawn in charcoal. You can also create vector images that can be enlarged to any size. With these apps it's possible to create professional-quality art that can be used for publishing, printing, licensing etc. Creating art on the iPad also eliminates the need for a scanner, which I would have previously been dependent upon to capture good quality, high-res images of my art. As you can tell I love my iPad!!
Now some people might wonder how the heck we manage to travel so much - are we rich or something?! No, we're just portable, and we've arranged our priorities to allow us to live on the road. Together we run a business based on my art and all we need for that are the tools I listed above, as well as my husband's laptop. Marcus does the "business" stuff while I do the "art" stuff, which is a pretty good arrangement if you ask me! We stay in furnished vacation rentals where all you need to do is show up with your laptop and suitcase and everything else is ready for you.
We both feel really lucky to be able to live this way and to know that it's so doable, thanks to the Internet and modern technology. We're both travelers at heart - he's from Australia, I'm from Florida and we met in France. Someday we'll probably buy a house or a condo but not yet. :)
Btw if anyone's interested in seeing some of my travel photos, I've been posting them on my Instagram account.