Doug Tweddale has two passions, painting and travel. So, when it was time to retire, he knew exactly what he wanted to do. “I envisioned teaching workshops and ultimately doing a series from painting the national parks,” he says. “At first, I figured I would take multiple trips over the course of a few years, but then it dawned on me that I could take an extended trip by RV.”
So, after his official retirement in the winter of 2014, Tweddale and his wife, Sue, began to plan. Their “National Park RV Tour” was a four-month extended painting trip throughout the American and Canadian West, which they took during the summer of 2015, and which you can see documented in the latest issue of Pastel Journal.
For such an extended time of travel, it’s important to keep your toolkit light and portable. Here’s what the artist carried with him:
- Surface: Pastelmat in 20×27-inch sheets of dark gray and brown. “I enjoy the velvety texture of this paper and how well it holds pastel. It reminds me of the handmade ground I used to make with pumice and gesso,” Tweddale says.
- Pastels: “I use Nupastels for my first layer, because they’re a harder pastel that fills less tooth. I follow with softer Terry Ludwig pastels, which I love for the buttery creaminess and brilliant colors.”
- Other: The artist carried his pastels in a large Heilman pastel box and used a Jullian French easel.
Read more about Tweddale’s 16,000-mile painting the national parks tour—and see a number of the paintings that resulted—in the August 2016 issue of Pastel Journal.