Monday, August 07, 2017

Plein Air Pochade Box

A very fine fellow in the village, an artisan carpenter, has produced a custom designed plein air painting box for me.  We came up with the design together, me saying what I wanted it to do and he refining and making it work.  It is perfect.
Made from lovely beech wood, planed especially, and beech ply.  It has a very cunning, but simple, device of holding many different sized boards in place.  It grips them firmly but discreetly, avoiding the usual big grab space that can be left on plein air studies.
It has a large space for a removeable (for occasional cleaning) perspex pallett.  It has pretty brass wing nuts and blots, for easy adjustments.
It has multiple holes to hold paintbrushes and little turps buckets.  It is waxed with beautiful smelling "black bison wax"
It folds away very neatly and fits into my old painting rucsac well.  Everything sits securely on top of a wooden tripod.  I prefer wood, I like things to be a little retro (I think it is because I like to imagine that I am living in the 19th century, with a beard and chatting away to my artistic heroes while we paint together in the French countryside)
Anyway, musings aside I couldn't be happier with my new plein air pochade box.

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