All Things Tiny Watercolor


Hot Humid

Journal Notes:
I found a bench in the shade and it’s ALL MINE. I claim it.

A healthy breeze keeps me comfortable, despite the heat.

A charm of American goldfinches keeps my spirits exceptionally high as I notice their hilly flight pattern above my head. Suddenly, a blasting car horn in the distance abruptly ends my trance on the goldfinches. Grrrr……
But my goldfinches pull me back. My mind happily flutters up and down with them in the air as if I am sailing right next to them. Their cheery song while cresting high and falling low is no match for a bad mood.

Circular ripple patterns in the lake grow outward but I missed what caused it.

The air in my nostrils is warm and humid but sweet all at the same time. I am forever thankful for this moment in nature.

My mission as of late is to dwindle my watercolor supplies for the field to a bare minimum. I have become lazy lately and have not taken healthy hikes because I use the excuse of my supplies being too heavy.

Well, no more.


Introducing my tiny watercolor field supply kit. It fits in your two hands. Light weight, portable, and can wrap around your wrist.


All of these supplies fit nicely inside. One watercolor cold press pad (6″x4″), one Daler Rowney watercolor field kit, two aquabrushes, one pencil, one black micron pen (not shown), and a paper towel (not shown). Total weight is probably three pounds. This kit will remain in my car. Now I will have no excuse for a spur of the moment venture.


And here is my new tiny kitten. I call him: Little Baby Turkey Stuffing, but his real name is Niles. Niles does not fit into my tiny watercolor field supply kit. He waits for me to come home so that he can bite my supplies and my hand. Bad Baby Turkey Stuffing!


Here is the reference photo of what I was looking at when I painted the pines. I took the pines in the distance at the beautiful Morton Arboretum and used artistic license, weeding out the background to create the tiny watercolor sketch.

What about your sketching strategy? What does your kit include?


  1. should have Daler Rowney put this kit together, with the little wristlet,to sell to your followers. I for one, would purchase. They should then help sponsor your wonderful site.

  2. What a cute little set up you have. And that tiny kitty is adorable. Oh, and I do like your watercolor sketch. I put a small kit together, but it hasn’t made it to my car yet. It’s been so hot, I’ve not been the least bit interested in venturing out beyond filling birdbaths! It’s a zippered Rite in the Rain pouch, and holds a 5×7 Winsor & Newton watercolor pad and paper towel in one side, Van Gogh mini w/c kit with 12 colors in the other. There are four stitched pockets that hold water brushes and Micron pen. Your wristlet is nice to keep hands free.

  3. I leave my stuff at home, but you inspire me! My excuse is the heat and humidity. Happy note is I took care of 2 of my g’kids, and my g’daughter begged to paint–so we found a photo from her CO vacation for her, and one of my backyard, so . . .we painted and had a great time! I’m going to look for the Daler Rowney watercolor field kit and make myself a kit for the car. Thank you for inspiring me–and for the lesson or permission on selecting trees to paint rather than the whole thing!

    1. You’re welcome! What a excellent way to spend time with your grandchildren. A great way to beat the heat by painting from photos. I think I will use my watercolor kit more if it’s in the car too. Here’s looking for some nice mild days! 😁

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