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DFGray
12-04-2000, 05:51 PM
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I always work from life I use an old tv tray,
a portable easel, an old paint brush sample case with my pastels, my drawing board is a box made of door skin, the size of canson paper which holds paper and finished pieces.
now show me yours
regards Dan

bk7251
12-04-2000, 08:08 PM
You're on. Nice idea for a thread. Here I am sketching on Catalina this summer. I travel light. In my backpack, I carry a very light weight folding stool, one or two boxes of pastels (one of Senellier, one of Diane Townsends plus a few Unisons), a couple of pads of paper, and insect repellent.

Generally, I work with the pad on my lap, but occasionally (as here) lay it on the ground.

I'll post the picture I was working on that day as soon as I can get the scanner to cooperate again. We had a slight argument.


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bk7251
12-04-2000, 08:53 PM
Here is a scan of a bad snapshot of the pastel I was working on (see above). It's shown in a not quite completed state, but it's the only picture I have of it.

The scene is a place called The Isthmus on Catalina Island.

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Gisela
12-04-2000, 09:01 PM
Originally posted by DFGray:


...my drawing board is a box made of door skin, the size of canson paper which holds paper and finished pieces.

regards Dan

What is door skin? http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/confused.gif
I have no such pictures to share...when I go out to paint, I'm always alone. <sigh> http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif

Gisela



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Artworks by Gisela Towner (http://www.artistnation.com/members/paris/gisela)

DFGray
12-04-2000, 09:44 PM
I m always having photo taken while working news and other photographers love to photo someone working this photographer took a few
rolls for a photo exhibit at a nearby gallery and posted a few to me, but I ve had lots taken. door skin is the material that covers interior doors like closet doors and when used as a drawing board with an empty core has a great give to draw upon I make several at one time as my artists friends all like them.

cassandra
01-13-2001, 12:15 AM
Love your set-up, DF. I just found this thread when searching for ideas for an outdoor easel for oil and watercolour. A question about door skin: do you just cut across an interior door and use the sides, and bottom of the door to make your drawing board? Is a hollow core door empty all the way into the corners? Or is door skin bought separately and made into a box for your paper and work?

I bought a TV tray a while ago, intending to cut off the leg bottoms, and replace them with tapered tent poles that should fit inside, making the table a bit higher.

BTW, is that Spanish Banks where you're working?

DFGray
01-13-2001, 02:33 PM
hello Cassandra
I buy the door skin in sheets at the lumber yard, cut it to size with a skill saw, glue the side pieces on and use good old duct tape for my hinge at bottom.
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ps I paint a lot of pastels of motorcycles still ride my dirt bike sometimes to paint in the mountains here on the island,
regards Dan

Katherine J
01-13-2001, 03:57 PM
Hi DF
Firstly, let me thank you so much for introducing me to Wet Canvas in that phone call we had. It's sensational. Wish I had a scanner, though.
As for door skin, I can get it at our local hardware, but I'm still a bit mystified by your box. Door skin's only 1/4" thick - you actually cut 4 sides and glue them to a large piece, then duct tape the other large one to an open box shape you've created so it opens?
Can't quite see myself using an easel and TV tray on the rocky shoreline here! Probably a pad on my lap like Barry.
Cheers

cassandra
01-15-2001, 02:31 AM
Dan, thanks for the how-to. Do you have something to hold it closed?

Katherine, I think Dan used 1/2 x 1/2" pieces around the sides (check the diagram). I saw an easel with an attached tray that might work on a rocky shoreline. It takes advantage of the adjustable legs of a camera tripod: http://www.artisteasel.com/
Here's another that has braces under the shelf: http://www.ez-goartistsgear.com/products/adapter.html

Katherine J
01-16-2001, 09:55 PM
Cassandra
Thanks for those websites. They look interesting, especially the one I could attach to a tripod I have. I'd like to ask them some questions, but am really reluctant to do a lot of things on the net as I somehow got onto junk mail lists and it became so unbearable I had to change my address. I'm paranoid!
I guess I didn't explain too well about Dan's box. What I meant was, it seems to me that it would be hard to glue together pieces that are only 1/4" thick and have them be secure. Unfortunately, I can't access his diagram - is that what that symbol is in Dan's message? My computer won't do lots of things, including the chat line.