Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Rig


Well my new pochade from Ben over at
Alla Prima arrived last week, ain't she purty? Here it is right after I cut the glass and siliconed it into the palette bed (the ugly white silicone has since dried clear). It's a replacement for the Julian experiment. I really wanted a small paint box that I could carry around and use like a sketchbook for oil sketches, and I think this will fit the bill nicely. At 6X8 it's seriously tiny, but it's got the two key features I was looking for in a little sketchbox: integrated panel storage, and enough clearance in the lid to keep wet paint on the palette. As my buddy Ian says (he just got this guys' big brother) these are just beautifully crafted, with lots of clever design solutions. Maybe I'll go into a deeper review once I get it a little dirty : )

In the top pic, that's a tiny 5X7 panel loaded on the box. A 6X8 pretty much covers the entire mounting area, and slides perfectly into the lid.

Mt Tam from the Albany Bulb 5X7 O/P

Monday, February 1, 2010

Between Bouts of Heavy Rain

Looking NE from the hills at Del Valle Regional Park 6X8 O/P

Looking north up the coast from the Muir Beach overlook 6X8 O/P