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Old 01-27-2001, 04:57 AM
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Diane.... as you know, our beach getaway was my first serious attempt at plein aire. I have only tried a couple of times since, but just didn't feel as comfortable. Hopefully when the weather changes to warm, I'll get to go again. I use one of those grocery (stand up type) carriers on two wheels.. so nice and compact and holds everything snug
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I also carry a concrete filled pvc pipe with a hook on it and bungie cord to weight down my easel. Diane, your suggestion on packing was good. I found two large, shoebox sized rubber containers that have handles. I put paint and glass pallette in one, mediums and brushes in the other, a tote bag for canvases and misc. If I am painting two days in a row, the rubber boxes can be left in the back of my truck as they are waterproof. If I am studio painting, I just leave all the stuff in the boxes next to my easel.
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This is becoming quite the thread! I am excited that you all are exchanging ideas and experiences so we can try new, efficient ways of solving technical issues, or gain the courage to paint en plein air, perhaps for for the first time!

In response to some of your comments n' questions:

Marilee:
You are so fortunate to have a year-round place to paint. CA is a great place with so much subject matter and visual inspiration. Congratulations on your sale! You can purchase the tripod at any good photo supply store. Or, you can mail order it through any of many discount photo supply houses. 47th St Photo in NYC is a good one. No, I haven't tried the tripod on wheels. I usually put everything into one rolling suitcase to protect from the weather and for carrying on airplanes.

Colin:
Good suggestion with the rock & rope. When deciding on equipment for open air painting I sometimes forget the weather, breezes, rain and the like.

Carol:
I have been eyeing those carts. They are flexible, lightweight and if they get broken, no great loss, they are inexpensive.

Linda:
The rubber containers are good. There are so many things to try. Tackle, make-up and, tote, lunch and other boxes, come in every size and shape. When I shop for a new box or supply holder, I take all my supplies with me, sit in the isle at the store then test to see which configuration works best.

Every year it seems, I pack smaller and smaller. It's always a challenge to see how little I need to take to make my painting time more enjoyable.

Keep those tips and painting wisdom coming!
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If you saw my FIRST posting from Monday, you know I am a rank outdoor amateur.
The really unexpected and wonderful part of it all was not the art, but the peanut gallery.
I was unaware while I painted, but when I turned around to face the parking lot, there was a guy, who had stopped and said hi, sitting there watching us.
I felt so good, getting the passerbys comments (all good) and funnily enough, a friend saw the picture this week and said it was the view from her home! She said she DID see us, but since there are quite a few artists out on occasion, she never took note.
I like the idea of bring a bunch of business cards...JUST in case.
So you say I need to bunjee myself to the easel....
not QUITE yet, but soon no doubt!
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dj,,,,bring duct tape to tape the easel to the earth.....{M}

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Yes do bring business cards! I painted plein air yesterday and had several poeple stop to look and talk. I made two contacts that could lead to commissions but had to exchange numbers on paper. BTW, Milts all about the duct tape latley! He told me to duct tape a water color painting to the nose of a plane!
Wind is a common problem in my area at times and although there have been great tips here, there are times when it's simply not a good idea to plein air. I did one last year that eventually ended up wet side down on the grass! Although it lended a certainly 'reality' to the piece i decided to know the limits in the future. If you don't mind a little dirt on the feet of your easel you can always dig three small holes in the ground and stick the legs in a couple of inches.
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And don't forget to pack the food bars and water...feeding the artist is a must.
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And don't forget to pack the food bars and water...feeding the artist is a must.
Yep! I take water, bananas and reeses peanut butter cups. These are a MUST and should never be forgotten!
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When I first started painting outdoors I was very self conscious. I thought people would be critical of what I was doing especially in the blocking out stage. But I soon found out that they always say something nice-even when you are just starting. I get a kick out of them saying "oh that is beautiful" and all I have on my canvas are blobs of color!
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My favorite comment was when I was painting just off a popular hiking trail. As a family with two little kids walked by, the mom pointed me out, "Look kids, it's a real artist!"

The lightest I've managed to trim my painting kit (watercolor), was for a backpacking trip last summer. Everything, including a 5x7 watercolor pad, fit into a quart size ziplock freezer bag. I made my own dry paint set by squeezing a bit of each color onto a tiny plastic pallet and letting it dry in the sun. Since the paper was so small, I didn't need much of each color. And I actually got alot of pictures I'm really happy with from that trip!
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It looks as if there hasn't been much action here for a while, but I wonder if any one has used the Studio Pack for a french easle? I have been going into the state parks where you need to hike a ways and my luggage carrier that I always use keeps falling over on the rough trail. The pack will only carry the easel but what about the wet paintings? Right now I can put the small ones on the easel facing in to carry to my car, but how does that work in the Studio Pack?
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Hello everyone!
Diane, what is a prochade box? (English isn't my native language.)
I am just trying to modify my old tripod to some kind of easel for plain air painting, and I am exploring how to modify it for watercolor painting.

Is there anyone who can help me with the details?


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Old 02-26-2001, 03:06 PM
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Hi Rosemarie

Welcome to WetCanvas and for your first post to this forum!

A "pochade" box is technically a compact artist's easel, palette and paint box combined for plein air painters and artists who travel and paint or sketch.

There are many, many kinds and designs at very high or low prices. Here are some web sites that show what they look like:

http://openboxm.com/
http://www.pochade.com/box/

You can of course make your own as well. Many of us here at WetCanvas have. Here is a box I made from a case I purchased at a drug store:
http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/paintkit.html

And Larry Seilier has made them as well. There are a several posts to check that he has written. He also posted this address of how to make one yourself:
http://people.ne.mediaone.net/jcle/index.html#pochade

You can add a small box to your tripod that is light weight and easy to carry.
Hope this information helps you

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I'm going on vacation soon and have been thinking of taking my french easel (half box). I was concerned about carrying it on to the plane. Has anyone had any problems doing that? Does anyone have any tips on taking a french easel on a plane? Thanks.
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French easel on plane? Take it carry-on for sure. Depending on the airport you go through, you'll have little to no trouble if you don't have any solvents inside. You can pack all the paint and brushes that will fit. Try to secure the brushes with foam rubber or tape. At worst, security will ask you to open it up and they'll read the labels on all the paint tubes (they did that to me in Charlotte). At best, you can just run it through the carry on belt and be on your way.
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