Saturday, February 28, 2009

My New Cigar Box Pochade

A Painting From the Archives: SOLD

About this Painting: Today I'm sharing a pastel, one of my favorites I've ever done. It won a few awards, and looking at it again makes me want to get my pastels back from my daughter LOL. This was painted on Leetes Island, Guilford, CT

Title: Composition With Red Rocks #2

Medium: Soft pastel on pastelbord, framed under glass.

Size: 12x16 in.

Price: $300, + s/h/ins. SOLD

Interested in purchasing it? Send me an email

Pay safely through paypal.

My plans for plein air painting this year include doing a lot of small field studies, and color sketches in both acrylic and watercolor.

So I wanted to get a smaller pochade box. Part of the reason for that is privacy. As much as I like talking to folks when I'm out painting (I've gotten a lot of students and collectors that way) there are lots of times I just want to go out and paint for myself, exploring compositions and colors without the pressure of completing a painting or of people looking on as I work.

The minute you put up a French easel or a larger pochade on a tripod you get a crowd!

I had originally wanted a small 6x8 thumb box (actually I would still like on of those! LOL), but because of its versatility I chose the Guerrilla Painter 8x10 Cigar Box style pochade.

Inside the lid are the clips that hold an 8x10 panel, I opted to get the two adapters that accomodate 6x8 and 5x7 panels also. There is room for some storage, and the wooden palette comes with it. I will probably end up using my small sta*wet palette though.

Here it is closed (With Maggie's bag of Greenies behind it! LOL). It's very light weight, and has little bumper feet so you can sit it on a table, and it also has a tripod mount on the bottom.

I've ordered some Raymar 6x8 and 5x7 panels and now I'm just waiting for the weather to get warmer and the trees to start turning green.

I got a very nice deal on this at Dick Blick online and saved even more by shopping through eBates.

I'm lovin' eBates, I've earned almost $15 cash back in just a couple of weeks. Besides Dick Blick, Mister Art is also one of the participating stores, along with hundreds of others. It's free to sign up and very easy to use. In this economic climate every penny I save counts!

Also don't forget to stop by my Plein Air Painting Lens at Squidoo. I've updated it for lots of plein air workshops, events and competitions for 2009. If you have something to add to the list just e-mail me


Pilgrim said...

I didn't know you did pastels so this morning's post took me by surprise. Jerry Power is a family friend. Check out his plein air work on his website jerrypowerart
when you have a spare moment. :-)

Jan Blencowe said...

Yup, from approx. 2000-2004 I worked exclusively in pastel. Then I went back to oils to the end of 2007 when I switched to acrylics.

Maybe it's time for a change again??