I decided to update all my sketching equipment. To renew a bit. There is nothing like a bit of fresh air.

…sketching stool and bag in one…

sketching bag and stool 3

…closed up…

sketching bag and stool 2

I came across this little fishing stool and bag, which only cost 13 euros and works PERFECTLY. It can be carried by hand or as a backpack an your bag fits right next to you with everything right there at hand. Nothing falling over in the mud or calming it between you feet, and you can have your bag to you left or right.  There ar two compartments on the sides and two on the front and it can carry large sketchbooks.  It carries  high enough on the back, not to put strain on my lower back and all is waterproof. I’ve sketched in the mud arrived at home and gave it a wipe and the underneath of the bag was clean. There are even more fancy bags, but they cost a fancier price as well. To me, this is a perfect sketching “outfit” – ligthweight a bag and stool in one, econimical and functional.

I bought it a Decathlon, a big sports store here in France. It is also available on some fishing equipment sites on internet, but not at that price. I would suggest you visit some fishing stores close by, or google fishing bag and stool.

Some sketches – done in pen, graphite  and watercolour in sketchbook.

…strolling by the Loire…

au bord de la loire

…la loire filling up puddles……

loire puddle0001

…le sentier…

un chemin de la loire 2

22 thoughts on “Sketching equipment

  1. I love your puddles. It is not easy to do something like that.
    Did you get your stool on the web by any chances?? It seems perfect!

  2. Ah, Ronell… I love all these sketches, but especially la Loire filling up puddles and the wet foliage beside them. And I always love your buildings–shadows and rough textures…

    I found a mini-version of your stool in our local grocery store during hunting season. The bag is part of the under seat and is not much bigger than a fanny pack, but it will hold several items that are only 6 inches by 4 inches, OR one 5-inch by 7-inch sketchbook and a small sketch kit. It has a a shoulder strap. USA $16… I am amazed that you can haul a bag that size into beckoning landscapes. I feel quite wimpy with my own, just going into the back yard.

  3. I’ve seen people with similar set-ups – a few months ago a photographer was at the Botanic Gardens and had his lenses,etc in an angler’s bag. It’s a smart idea.

  4. I absolutely looooove your last one!!!!!!
    and thanks for the tip (stool + bag), I’m going to subtly talk about it to my hubby. Maybe he’ll get my hint, he never knows what to offer me!!

  5. What a good idea to post this. I too use a stool but it’s not attached to my backpack. I got mine for just a few dollars at REI which is ‘the’ place for sport/recreation equipment on my side of the country. Maybe I’ll try to get a snapshot of my set up for all to see too!
    Your sketchercise sketches are fabulous!!!

  6. I’ve been checking these links. The one you have is not for sale on-line. There is one close to it, but in the UK and they won’t ship US. The others I have found on-line in the US, do not come close to the quality and the price you have. Lucky girl! I guess I’ll have to wait for another trip to France!! 🙂

  7. You look like you’re definitely ready for plein air painting!!! I like your Loire sketches below, especially after having visited and painted in the area back in October. We stayed in Amboise. You are lucky to be in such an inspiring area!

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