On this trip, I have adopted a new medium, the iPad as sketch pad. I knew I wouldn’t be able to go five weeks without painting, but the thought of dragging a suitcase full of my oil painting rig, even as portable as it is, seemed daunting. The whole routine of setting up, painting and cleaning up throughout a tour that isn’t, in fact, a dedicated painting trip didn’t seem feasible. Not to mention wearing paint-spattered clothing when it wouldn’t be considered suitable attire! I’ve traveled with my miniature watercolor set on previous Europe trips, but it just isn’t completely satisfying. Painting on the iPad is clean, quick, and less obvious, but it is all new, so we will see how this evolves!
I’m trying out a variety of apps, because I can. While. Photoshop is hundreds of dollars, apps are not. So far, my preference is Procreate and ArtStudio, but I’m also playing with SketchBook Pro and Paper By 53. I’m using a Bluetooth enable stylus for greater accuracy and to save the screen from endless finger smudges.
The coolest thing about working on the iPad is the Undo button. I’ve joked for years that when I’m painting with oils I’d love to be able to hit Command+Z to remove that last unnecessary stroke, and with this I can. The main difficulty I’m finding is seeing the screen clearly in bright light, of course. The most effective work around I’m finding is to paint in the VIP tent, which has the added benefit of being close to the WC, coffee and bar…. And the heaters on chilly mornings!