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View Poll Results: What Plein Air Equipment do you use?
Soltek System 18 4.04%
Gorilla 51 11.43%
Alla Prima 40 8.97%
Coulter Plein Air Syster 5 1.12%
Sun Eden Plein Air System 4 0.90%
Open Box M 32 7.17%
Billups Box 0 0%
Easy L 32 7.17%
Julian Easel 40 8.97%
French Easel (Julian imitation) 52 11.66%
Other Pochade Box (purchased) 39 8.74%
Other Pocade Box (home made) 68 15.25%
Other 65 14.57%
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Old 04-17-2016, 04:52 AM
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

Originally Posted by Lilo
Hi spellbinder --

Just thought I'd point out that Judson's sells guerilla boxes, not gorilla ones.

Sorry, but that gave me a chuckle. No offense..
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Old 04-05-2017, 09:50 AM
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

I need a gorilla to help me carry my box, it's too heavy. The guerillas can help.
I keep trying different boxes, systems, easels, soon I will be able to open my own art supply store. Of all the boxes though the very minimal Italian tripod winds up being the one I usually take (since it weighs the least!)
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Old 04-05-2017, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Alerio
I need a gorilla to help me carry my box, it's too heavy. The guerillas can help.
I keep trying different boxes, systems, easels, soon I will be able to open my own art supply store. Of all the boxes though the very minimal Italian tripod winds up being the one I usually take (since it weighs the least!)
In all seriousness, have you tried working with minimal equipment? I know, we're all addicted to buying more stuff (paint, tools, boxes, etc.) In the end some lovely paintings are done with tiny sets of media that you can fit in your pocket, weigh so little as to not feel like they are there, and have all the chroma and potential of elaborate sets and setups.

I use a Guerrilla Painter 9x12 with a tripod and other stuff I haul in a satchel mostly. But that's if I'm painting acrylics or oils and want all that stuff with me. Much of the time I'm not actually using most of it. Considering the weight and size and hauling around a folding camp chair with it, I sometimes wonder why I do this.

For travel I have a little "bun bag/fanny pack" setup that actually contains several water based media and inks. Total thing has all the water, paints/pigments, paper, etc. that I would ever really need, and I can get paper up to about 6x9" in the bag. If I carry a larger paper pad, I can do much larger paintings, too. Just need a place to sit down and a good subject.

My original watercolor set was just a tiny Cottman field box that I could put in my pocket with paper pad and a small bottle of water.

If you need a gorilla, you need to rethink your setup, IME. And I do not absent myself from the equipment addiction, so please do not take this as criticism.
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

I am just getting into plein air painting and my wife purchased this for me (Professional Series En Plein Air Pro Oil & Acrylic Easel Package with Tempered Glass Palette). Of course I pointed it out to her and made it obvious I wanted it. All of this folds down and fits into a backpack that comes with it. My birthday is a week away, so it's sitting in the room, in a box, taunting me.
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

fun stuff...for me, simplicity is best. I paint with the painting on my lap and don't use an easel. I do try to sit in the shade.

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Old 02-12-2018, 03:01 PM
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

I assume that's your artist's assistant holding it all down???
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Old 02-13-2018, 01:49 PM
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

Eine Ausrüstung hängt von vielen Faktoren ab, die man nicht aufzählen
kann. Besonders aber vom verwendeten Medium. Für Ölmalerei braucht
man mit Sicherheit weniger Teile, als für das Aquarell. Hier ist auch das
Format entscheidend und ob ich nur skizziere oder ausgearbeitete Motive
erstelle. Auch wenn ich genügend Geld zur Verfügung hätte, würde ich
meine derzeitige Ausrüstung behalten.
Bei schönem Wetter habe ich einen Sonnenschirm dabei, bei schlechtem
Wetter bleibe ich zu Hause oder setze mich in mein Auto.

A piece of equipment depends on many factors that cannot be listed.
Especially from the medium used. For oil painting one certainly needs
fewer parts than for watercolour painting. The format is also decisive
here and whether I only sketch or create elaborate motifs. Even if I
had enough money, I would keep my current equipment.
When the weather is fine I have a parasol with me, when the weather
is bad I stay at home or get in my car.



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Old 06-11-2018, 05:17 PM
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

Originally Posted by FriendCarol
Does anyone have a way to transport very large watercolor brushes? (Sizes 30, 36, 40 round & 1.5" & 2" flats)

Most of my gear fits into a wonderful "fanny pack" I got from North Light Book Club several years ago; only my water holder is outside it (though I do have a relatively small folding water carrier in the pack). I carry a size 12 round and a 3/4" angle shader, but I really want to carry at least one much larger brush.

I have that fanny pack. It's just like the Winsor and Newton Cotman field fanny pack if I recall. The zipper only goes around 3/4 of the way and the "spine" of the fanny pack is solid. If you remove the insides (velcroed in) you can access the "spine" from the inside. This would allow you to sew velcro on the outside of the spine using a sewing machine, or by hand if you are a masochist. Once done, you just put the inside pocket back inside and you have a clean modification.

If you sew or know someone with a machine, sew some double sided velcro to the spine, two pieces, on on each end with the velcro plushy side facing out and the hook and loop facing in. Make sure it is a generous strip, enough to loop completely around your brushes and then some. Then you could, theoretically, velcro your brushes to the bottom of the fanny pack on the outside. Just loop the tape around them tightly and trim to fit. If you still have the plastic protector tubes, slip them over the brush head for extra protection. If you fear the brushes might slip, you can always glue a bit of the soft plushy velcro stuff around the brush, then stick it on before wrapping it. The plushy stuff shouldn't feel too bad when you're holding the brush. Alternatively, if you have a plastic tube or brush storage then could fit in, that entire tube could be held against the spine with the velcro loop (if you've left it long enough to go around) and you should still be able to wear it as a fanny pack, although it also has a carry handle.

Note: If you sew the velcro with the plush side out, then stuff won't stick to the velcro hook side as you travel or lay it down. It also won't stick to your close if you are wearing a sweater.

Does that sound like it would work for you?
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