// PT. 1: Lake Rabun in the North GA. Mountains //

Thanks to @localtoyotadealers, I started what I hope to be the first of many painting getaways in 2017. I am so thankful for my studio but it is amazing what a change of scenery and location can do for your creative juices! 

(PS: Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (“Toyota”) provided me with compensation and use of a vehicle for a short period of time. The opinions I have shared about this vehicle are my own.)

Here's my painting getaway HOW TO:

STEP 1. Gather your materials!

Going on a quick getaway? Here's what I suggest packing to give you just the right amount of materials to get the job done, but not take up too much precious baggage space :

Small Wood Panels (I suggest wood over canvas because they're more durable during travel!)

Paper Block Pad (the easiest thing to paint on when you're traveling, available in multiple sizes!)

Watercolor & Gouache Paints (small and compact!)

Water Soluble colored pencils (offers a range of texture in a tiny punch, easy to travel with too!)

Plastic Palette (light and easy to clean in a jiffy!)

Brushes (personally I like the cheap synthetic brushes best!)

Compact Carrier (not as cute as the wire basket but definitely more realistic!)

STEP 2. Pack up your car :)

I never said I was a light packer... I wanted to go big on this trip, so good thing our Camry had loads of trunk space for all my canvases and materials! 

STEP 3. Pick up your bestie for moral support

In my case, Courtney Clymer of @lifestyledatlanta.

STEP 4. Stow your sketchbook and pencils for the ride/flight in case inspiration strikes!

STEP 5. Set up your work space when you arrive!

I find that if I set up my little studio as soon as I arrive, I'm so much more likely to consistently work on pieces when I'm away. It's so simple, but I believe that by creating the physical space we are inviting creativity in! I had a lovely rustic porch at our cottage at the Lake Rabun Hotel- perfection!


STEP 6. Get out there and explore! 

Gathering inspiration while traveling is truly my favorite part of a painting getaway. My next post will be all about collecting inspirational moments and what to do with them! 

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