Friday, September 10, 2010

Uh-Oh! Forgot Something!

I opened my paintbox yesterday, ready to start out in the North Bennington Plein Air Competition, when I had a horrible sinking feeling.

Something was missing! It was a "gamestopper." Can you guess?
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Addendum: The answer was white paint! (I had the turps, medium, and rag in another part of the kit).

33 comments:

Bill Guffey said...

turps?

Thea S said...

Something to paint on?!

Rebecca.Yanovskaya. said...

Missing a white :(

Ernest Friedman-Hill said...

Pencil?

dt said...

Rag

Alejandro said...

Solvent ?

Tom VdW said...

White paint?

Tom VdW said...

woops, missed the permalba. I have no clue to what would be the gamestopper.

Sfepa said...

clean cloth or... inspiration ))

Boldheadstudio said...

the painting medium?

etc, etc said...

I've made a checklist of items I need for painting on the road; couldn't manage without it.

Chris Jouan said...

a palette perhaps?

James Gurney said...

Rebecca and Tom, you've got it! I had to drop everything and drive to the next town to buy a tube of white.

I'm sure the painters around me would have squeezed me a blob, but they were all watercolorists!

Jake Powning said...

The monkey!?

Ken Swinson said...

sorry about your bad luck, but I really enjoyed the peek in your paint box :)

Jim Serrett said...

I could not get past what the screwdrivers are for.

Ms. Krause said...

JIm, I'm with you on the screwdrivers! :)

Erik Bongers said...

Yes...what's with the screwdrivers?

Boldheadstudio said...

mr. gurney has such a bold brush handling that he finds himself repeatedly in the need to tighten up the screws on his portable easel to prevent the nasty wobble ;P

jeff said...

Actually you could have used white gouache by adding a little oil to it but given most people have these tiny tubes you would have had to paint a very small painting.

I suppose if one was out somewhere that was to far to find a store you could paint a tonal sketch using the ground and one color.

Xlade said...

I'm seeing a lack of Turpentine and a lack of white...

Smurfswacker said...

I remember there was a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery by Dorothy Sayers which took place in a St. John's Wood-style art colony. One of the key "clews" was that the victim's outdoor paintbox was missing the Flake White. Don't recall how that identified the murderer, though. Maybe he was a watercolorist.

Greg Newbold said...

AW SNAP! I hate when I do that. Did you have to paint a nocturne?

James Gurney said...

The screwdrivers are for attaching the offset clips in the frame for the paint-out exhibition tomorrow.

Also they could come in handy for fending off a rabid moose.

Jason Daniel Jackson Fine Art said...
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Rockhopper said...

Rabid moose?

in the uk we would be lucky to get a petulant cow

robh said...

thinner?

goat89 said...

HAHA! They were all watercolorists? :D You sir, are one of the few, the proud. ;)
Hope you had fun there! ><

Thomas Kitts said...

James:

A beer? No, kidding. I meant a white . . . Best reason to paint in a pack is, "Hey, can I have a squirt of paint?"

Off to spend a weekend up on Mt. Hood w/Greg M. (You know who, that painterly illustration guy.) Gonna force him to do a little plein air painting outside . . .

Thomas

Karin Corbin said...

looks like you had better remember that you use cups of turp and liquin too. I don't see them in there.

Where is that checklist that is pasted inside the lid?

Matthew Gauvin said...

Please post lots of pics from this event if you can (when you have a chance). I wasn't able to make it this time around, but I'm off in other parts of Vermont doing some plein air painting none the less!

Daroo said...

Yes I second -- I'd love to see photos of the event.

Is that a mirror and what's it called... smoke glass? at the bottom of your paint box?

Thomas Kitts -- I'd also like to see a Manchess Plein air.

James Gurney said...

Daroo, yes, that's a Lorrain or dark mirror for helping compare relative light values. More on a previous post: http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2008/01/lorrain-mirrors.html.

Thomas, Greg Manchess is a great painter, and I can't wait to see what he does outside.

Matthew, sorry to miss meeting you here, and have fun painting. I'll post more pics over the next couple days.