Studio in a Bag

Finding the perfect bags to carry my art supplies in was a long-time dilemma for me. Many art bags either don’t hold enough or don’t close well and all my supplies fall out. Finally, I found a surprising solution—I now use a diaper bag to transport my supplies. It holds my large palette, plus up to a 12 x 16 block of watercolor paper. The front pocket has a place for all my brushes and pencils. The sturdy bag can carry a large bottle of water, rulers, sponges and more. As a disabled artist, I travel in a wheelchair, so I either drape it over the back of my chair or carry it in my lap. It’s waterproof and washable, and each pocket zips to hold supplies in place. I even use the changing pad—I drop it down on the grass, lower myself to the ground and paint in comfort. The diaper bag is perfect for painting indoors or outdoors—for artists with or without physical disabilities.

Lynne Kroll is a signature member of six national watercolor societies. Her work has appeared in more than 200 juried exhibitions and in more than a dozen publications. In 1999, her painting Legacy was included in The Best of Watercolor, vol. 3 (Rockport Publishers).

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