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Painting Equipment

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A friend was asking today about my equipment for painting outdoors, so I thought I would show my set-up here. I use a lightweight watercolour box, into which I squeeze tube colours. I have a selection of brushes for different sizes of paintings. I usually only use one or two. I like to paint standing up, so I use a lightweight easel. This is made up from a camera tripod and a board, with a special plate for attaching it to the tripod. I often have my paper taped onto a thin piece of MDF or card, so that it is easier to handle in the wind. I then clip this watercolour board to the board on my easel. If I am walking a long way I usually leave the easel behind to save weight. In that case I sit on the ground to paint. I might even fill my paintbox before I go out and leave the tubes behind. Plate for attaching to tripod

Altnabreac

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Water Tower at Altnabreac Watercolour, 16 x 24 cm Altnabreac must be one of the most remote railway stations in the UK. It is 4 miles from the end of the nearest public road and 15 miles from the nearest village with shops etc. There are only a couple of houses and all around is a large area of forestry plantations and peat bogs. Only two or three trains pass in each direction per day, I think, and it's mostly used by hikers. Altnabreac Station The Road from Altnabreac