Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Painting today, painting last week and a paint box!


'Franconia Pontoons' oil 8x10 © Marc R. Hanson '09
This is a piece painted a few days before I left for Door County. Just a nice day on the river.



'Nick' oil 8x10 © Marc R. Hanson '09
I went painting with my friends today and painted one of them sitting in the grass looking for bugs. Beautiful day all the way around.






Every once in awhile I haul out a 20"to 30" wide canvas and do a large on site painting. These are usually painted over a couple days or so of return visits. Every time that I've done this I've had an incredible sense of accomplishment and feel like I've done something more than just another one or two hour study. Problem is that I haven't been consistent in the venture but plan to change that starting in the next day or two. In order to do this without fighting small easels and palette surfaces, I purchased a Beaumont folding easel. This is a cheaper version of the Take-It easel, two thirds cheaper, also known as the Gloucester or Anderson easel. The basic idea is that it has a huge foot print and is extremely stable. Many painters are using them now and have in the past, but it's new for me. If you are going to use one of these, you need a palette of some sort. So I decided to make an 18"x24" paint box that is HEAVY (solid oak and oak plywood) and made heavier because my supplies will also go in it. The palette surface is 1/4" plexiglass painted gray on the backside. My friend and painter Ken DeWaard turned me on to the cheaper version of the easel when I was in Telluride. This is all he uses now for small and large paintings. The first time I set it up I managed to have it standing and ready to be painted on faster than I can set up a tripod and EasyL or OpenBoxM. Hopefully you'll be seeing results before too long.

14 comments:

Paul McCall said...

Okay, I've Googled Beaumont, Gloucester and Anderson folding easel in several permutations and come up with nothing. How about a URL for where one of these can be purchased? Thanks.

Jesse said...

I think he meant THE BEAUPORT EASEL.

I like the fact you are going big Marc, I've been trying to figure out a good way to paint big in the field as well. I can't wait to see your 20x30's!

Marc R. Hanson said...

I bought it at ASW (Art Supply Warehouse) The URL follows-

http://www.aswexpress.com/art-supply/catalogs/0077740000000

LSaeta said...

I so enjoyed your newsletter and paintings. Sounds like a great trip and you really have completed some amazing work.

Kevin Menck said...

I am going with a group of artists to paint Door County Aug. the 9th. for a week. Your paintings came at a perfect time to get me fired up a little (a lot actually). I have never been that far north to paint and I wasn't sure what was in Door County but it looks fantastic. Awesome paintings.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Leslie. It was a great trip!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Kevin you are going to love it there. The interior of the county is all farmland, the coasts small old towns and tourists. There are old buildings everywhere you look, both in the towns and in the country. I would bet that you'll find the main problem is that there is too much to paint for a week or a month or more.

It's been chilly all around up here in the midwest and was more so up there. Bugs are prevelant but no snow ... yet!

I enjoyed getting to know Lori Putnam and James Richards from your neck of the woods.

Have fun. How many painters are going?

Kevin Menck said...

I think we have around ten if we can keep everybody healthy. We have one that has been sick on and off lately, we'll see.

Marc R. Hanson said...

Wow! Kevin that's 1/4th of the entire PA Fest last week. Very cool. Can't wait to see what you guys do up there.

Jamie said...

What a gorgeous painting box, Marc!

Marc R. Hanson said...

Thanks Jamie. I'm going to brag about the details... it's in the details they say.
See those little brass corner angles in the corners of the lid? Those aren't there to reinforce the corners, they're there, and they're offset about 1/8" over the edge of the lid, to hold down the plexi glass palette. The plexi is cut to fit tight, but not so tight that it can't expand in the heat. When I close the lid, the brass corners clamp the plexi into it's slot nicely.

Larry said...

thanks Marc...an artist I was staying with at a host's rural home two summers ago when I participated in the Door Cty event had one of these. I'm a sucker for history of outdoor painting, and probably more why I feel I want one.

I've been hauling a Delux LoBo from Best around back of my truck, painted a 30"x 48" on it...very sturdy, but more a studio easel. Time to spend some money and do it proper. Very impressed with your wood skills on that palette. Dang!

jeff f said...

Hey Mark I have a Beaumont retooled by the Take it easel folks. That's what they are selling. The Beaumonts are made in China and they are copies of the Take it easels.

I just use an old paint box with mine that folds open. They are great and very sturdy. I'm using it my studio as well.

Jack said...

I love to see ur paint box..its so cute..just like ur paintings..

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Jack
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