Just days to go before we leave on our trip to the Bayou City Arts Festival in Houston Texas. Oh the craziness of trying to get everything together for an extended business trip. Getting all the paintings finished. Framing said paintings. Making sure we have all the show paperwork together, sales tax information, guidebooks, directions (thank goodness for GPS navigation and the iphone 4), music, audiobooks, art supplies. It’s basically coordinating a series of lists.
This is what we bring on our long distance trips to keep ourselves occupied:
Ipod, loaded with our latest musical favorites and audiobooks.
For this trip it’s:
“Voodoo Dreams” Jewell Rhodes (set in New Orleans)
“Atlas Shrugged” Ayn Rand
Art Supplies – for on the go capturing of ideas, inspirations, colors and working on the road.
Soltek Easel and oil paints
Winsor Newton portable watercolor set
mechanical pencil and leads
Staedtler pigment liners
black gel pen
white gel pen
small metal ruler
Xacto retractable blade knife
Food – In order to cut expenses and increase the likelihood of healthy eating, we pack a cooler full of the essentials (basically our “stuck on a desert island” food is the same as our “stuck in a van for days” food:
Nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts & )
Cheese (nice hard ones that hold up to travel)
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Water (and lots of it)
Wine ( a nice thin and spicy red)
Coffee – hotel coffee stinks, so we bring along Starbucks instant coffee, which does not stink.
Cheetos…yes, Cheetos. They’re not even remotely healthy, but we’re being honest here.