Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Daily Painting Practice - graduating to new Plein Air gear

Like other businesses, all up and coming artists need to invest in new equipment every now and then. I was lucky enough to sell a painting recently and used the funds to buy a new plein air kit.  I researched a lot on the web and  decided on the EASy-L  Lite (by Art Essentials). I like the smaller size and the the fact that it comes with the Tripod. I also purchased the stainless steel brush wash cup  and a plein air umbrella.
Out with the old and in with the new. I can't say I will miss my old Duct Taped box. The new box does not come with a palette, so I am using a masonite panel that is toned and  coat with Liquin. I will store my paints in a bag and not in the box. Take a close look ... this is the last time it will look this clean.
Everything fits into this  back pack... Well almost everything. I still haven't unpacked the umbrella, but I am sure I can make it fit...maybe a little Duct Tape will help.
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Back to the North Woods - work still in progress
oil on canvas

I need to get some feedback from my art critics "The Group of Four" then I can call this finished. I already see some things to touch up.  Can't wait to try my new gear in the North Woods.


René PleinAir said...

Wow Congratulation Peter,
well earned and a good start for the upcoming spring and summer.
I hope it will give you lots of enjoyable painting sessions!

jimserrettstudio said...

Very nice kit, and a well deserved reward for your hard work.
Can not wait to see what you created with it.

Joan Breckwoldt said...

What a great blog you have, you are a very talented painter. I especially like the red roses. And your self portraits! What a great project, they are fantastic. You have inspired me to paint at least one. :)

Anonymous said...

I feel like I'm up to my knees in pond water, looking at this one, which is very nice but it kinda short-circuits my critical faculty. Don't see the need for touch-ups that you do.
The new kit looks good, and I'm sure you'll really enjoy "messing it up."
I've never had an umbrella, so don't know what to advise there, except: duct tape can fix anything. ;-)