I decided to spent Christmas break visiting family in China! With such cold weather I decided to bring my oil paints with me. It was a bit of hassle preparing them for border inspection but everything went through pretty smoothly. My lead white got flagged on my way back so they had to open my suitcase. My Rambrandt cadium orange also kinda leaked out of its tube... but it wasn't that messy.
Tips to artist travellers, always label your oil paint as Artist Pigment on the package. Bring a copy of your material hazard list as well, usually available from company website. I packed all my oil tubes in a metal container and triple bagged it as well, a bit heavy on the weight but better save than sorry! Always check them in!
Anyhow I decided to do a study a day during my short time at home before we went travelling. My goal was to work on my sense of colour and light! Forcing yourself to wake up to paint helps tremendously with jetlag! All paintings are 5" x 7" on gessoed board, for easy packing!
Left is first day, right is last day!
Overall I felt like I learned a lot by the end of it. Note to self to use bigger brushes next time! I still have trouble with designing and unifying major shape and value. I tend to jump too early into detail, which is not good. Practice, practice, practice!