Sunday, August 31, 2014

"September 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge" Reminder

Just a quick reminder if you haven't signed up yet - it's not too late. 

Do you recall last January's 30/30 Challenge from Leslie Saeta? Well, she's challenging us all again.

For the month of September the challenge is to paint 30 paintings in 30 days. Any size, any subject. The only rule is to have fun. You can paint as many as you want. Leslie has provided a link so you can post your work on her special website.

She has also provided an interactive map showing the location of the over 700 artists worldwide who are participating, with links to their websites or blogs. Your name and links will be added to the map.

It's great fun and a good way to challenge yourself to paint more. It's a good time to experiment with different techniques, maybe a different color palette or subject matter. You will be surprised by the energy this event will bring to your studio. Try it and see.

Here is the link to Leslie's website so you can sign up. It's fast, easy and free - and great fun.

Brushes ready - let's go!


Monday, August 11, 2014

My Mini Pochade Box

I have really enjoyed using my small plein air painting kit (shown below and described in a previous blog post) but sometimes wished that I had an even smaller kit to take with me.

My original small pochade box (Click here to read previous post.).

So I bought a small plastic pencil box, measuring 5x8x2.5.

My dollar pencil box.

My new mini pochade box.

The box was just the right size for two 5x7 panels. I taped wax paper on the bottom for easy clean-up and adjusted the consistency of the paint with medium when I added it to the box. A small packet of handi wipes goes in my pocket.  


I brace the canvas with my thumb while painting, using the lid as my easel.

The box is deep enough to securely hold two wet 5x7's placed back to back and on an angle. The paint brushes can either be placed at the bottom edge of the canvas or in the box, wrapped in a bit of the handi wipes.

A perfect fit.

It closes up, nice and neat.


I added a note to myself to check the paint before I go.

There is a good selection of inexpensive plastic boxes available to make up a kit to suit the size canvas you prefer. It's fun to just grab the box and go without having to carry all our usual plein air gear.

Thank you for visiting. Enjoy.