Weather permitting, I like to paint on location with my paint box, tripod, and clamp-on umbrella. And my hat, cup of coffee, and sunscreen. Not to mention the bug spray, camera, and extra paper towels and canvases. After about 6 trips back and forth to the car, I’m usually good to go. I’ve watched all the videos on how to organize your equipment into one small pack, but my style is more akin to one of the passengers getting aboard the Titanic with steamer trunks and hatboxes. Plein air painting has its challenges as anyone will tell you who’s had his canvas and easel sail away on a blustery day or her painting licked off by a passing cow (yes, this happened to me), but it’s all worth it. For me, it’s almost impossible in the studio to come up with the range of colors and the effects of light that are all right there for the taking in nature.