As a plein air enthusiast, Anne Laddon has adjusted her painting supplies over the years to make her plein air toolkit as mobile as possible. “I really like to keep the weight down, especially in Mexico, where I’m walking on cobblestone streets up and down and all across town,” she says. “I just can’t carry around 15 pounds of pastels and an easel and a board to paint on.”
A Simple Plein Air Toolkit for Pastel
Laddon uses a small rolling suitcase to transport her plein air toolkit, which consists of the following essentials:
- Two small Heilman boxes with assorted pastels, mostly Holbein and Rembrandt
- Light gray pastel pencil
- Lightweight tripod easel. “Mine is just a $20 easel, the size of a portable umbrella.”
- A box with a shoulder strap to hold sheets of 12×16-inch Sennelier La Carte mid-tone paper and a sturdy piece of black Fome-Cor as a painting board
For more tips from artist Anne Laddon about capturing the color and personality of your favorite places, see “A Culture of Color” by Austin Williams in the October 2016 issue of Pastel Journal.
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