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water girl
11-20-2011, 09:08 PM
Our very own plein air master, Randy Smith presented a wonderful demonstration for our Pastel Society this afternoon. He shared his preferred supplies, including his Heilman pastel box on a very sturdy tripod. Randy went on to show us his painting process. Thank you, Randy!

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11-20-2011, 10:11 PM
Way to go Randy! Super painting, and I love your setup. I wish I were closer and able to see you paint in person. I always love your plein aire work!

11-21-2011, 01:14 AM
Great job Randy! Beautiful painting. I wish I could have been there.


Kathryn Wilson
11-21-2011, 08:36 AM
Woo hoo, Randy! I love giving demos - I hope you got as much out of it as your participants; I always do.

Donna T
11-21-2011, 09:07 AM
I wish I could have been there too! Nice underpainting and very nice finsihed work, Randy. If that's your plein air box it puts mine to shame; your pastels are so clean and organized!

11-21-2011, 10:59 AM
Thank you so much Karen! I had a wonderful time with a great group of artists.

11-21-2011, 11:01 AM
If that's your plein air box it puts mine to shame; your pastels are so clean and organized!

HaHa - you should have seen it before I cleaned it up for the demo!

Thanks, Donna!

11-21-2011, 12:42 PM
Seeing that setup makes me want to invest in a Heilman. Which size is that, the backpacker?


11-21-2011, 01:21 PM
Oh what fun to have Randy there in person and watch him work.great job Randy!

11-21-2011, 02:51 PM
I'm curious. What tripod\ballhead are you using.


11-22-2011, 06:58 AM
Great painting and underpainting, Randy! I love your Heilman box on heavy tripod, seeing it gives me an idea why the one I have in Arkansas will not be enough to hold up a full Heilman when I get prosperous enough to get one. Better prepare myself to shell out for a good strong one.

It must have been an incredible demo. Thanks for sharing both the underpainting and the finish, Karen!

11-23-2011, 12:24 AM
Thanks, Chris!

Rob - Great to hear from you. I thought maybe you had fallen off the planet! ;)

Thank you, Kathryn. I think I enjoy doing this as much as painting!

Yep, David. That is the backpacker box. It seems to be just about the right size.

Thanks Jen.

Hi Robert, Mike. This is a Velbon carbon fiber tripod. It's left over from my photography days. The fiber tripods are wonderful. Strong, light and very rigid. Unfortunately, they've also gotten rather expensive. I also have a Manfrotto (formally Bogen) aluminum tripod that's also strong enough for this box and much more affordable.

The best approach might be to load up your box with all of the pastels you plan to carry and then weigh it. Tripods are usually rated by the weight they can carry. Please note that it's actually the tripod head that carries the rating. If the head in not strong enough it can slip, twist and.... Yikes!