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.