Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Summer Fun 8x10, oil

More cold and snow this week here in Maine. It's a nice break to paint a summer scene. I have been exploring figurative and narrative landscapes again and hope to paint more. This was a fun painting.

Summer Fun, 8x10, oil

Thanks for visiting. Stay warm, be patient, summer is on the way.....


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Simple Mini Pochade Box

I thought I would share this post again since it's almost plein-air time here in Maine. The weather has warmed up a bit and this small kit is perfect to take in the car when you go to town or for a ride. The sun is shining and the snow is just asking to be painted.

My kit is ready. I only have to put out my paints and I am ready to go. I work with a limited palette of white, cad yellow light, yellow ochre, perm rose, ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. How simple is that.

My dollar pencil box measuring 5x8x2½

My mini pochade box.

This box is just the right size for two 5x7 toned panels. I tape wax paper on the bottom for easy clean-up and adjust the consistency of the paint with medium when I add it to the box. I'll be looking for a very, very small container, maybe something lip balm might come in, to use as a medium holder. But for now this works just fine. Two small packets of handi wipes will be taped to the inside lid. A small plastic sandwich bag with two or three paper napkins goes in my pocket.

I was asked how I clean my brushes without turps. I don't carry turps in this kit. I use separate brushes for the darks and the lights, wiping them well between mixtures.


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 panels 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.

These inexpensive plastic boxes come in all sizes so you can easily 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's for visiting. Happy painting.


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