I had read about this, but it had never happened to me. Then I realized it is the first time I travel with 150 ml (large) paint tubes. The gate agent asked me to take four lbs off my suitcase to avoid having to pay a $100 fee. Then she saw the plastic shoebox with the tubes and told me it could not travel. I panicked but asked her if she was absolutely sure. Then she picked up a couple of tubes, read the labels and spoke to her supervisor. They decided the ingredients weren’t hazardous and the paints went back to the suitcase! Do you want to know what colors she examined? Yellow ochre and quinacridone red. My cadmiums were at the bottom of the shoebox.
The rest of this entry is what I wrote before arriving at the airport.
I managed to stuff my large easel and folding chair in the bag. My suitcase has oil paint tubes inside a plastic shoebox, a folding table, my watercolor supplies, a sketchbook, my clothes and shoes, latex gloves, a wide brimmed hat, an apron and my oil brushes. Also some small christmas gifts for my family.
I never travel with such a large suitcase, but I did not want to risk shipping delays. The canvasses are already waiting for me and I will also buy oil, turps and a paper palette when I get there.
We will arrive on Tuesday afternoon but because it is an overnight flight, Wednesday is the first day I will be able to go out. So expect a post on that day with photos of the neighborhood where I will be staying. My hope is to start working on the ten watercolor postcards as soon as I get there, something that for me will be very relaxing.