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Sunday, August 30, 2009

My Watercolor Plein Air Set Up

I have had a few requests from readers to see my plein air set up for watercolors. I actually have 2 set ups for wc. A small one in my purse which I will detail in another post and my larger set up for bigger paintings. I use the Alla Prima 10 x 12 Bitterroot Pochade Box for my watercolors. This is a really great box hand made here in the USA by Ben Haggett!

Here is the box ready to go. I have a lightweight, 11 x 16 masonite board, my chair, water and tripod strapped to the pochade with elastic straps and I have added a shoulder strap that I took off an old bag. The whole thing weighs about 8 pounds.

Here a couple of photos of the set up. Ready to paint.

I use an enameled metal box which folds up and fits in the drawer or my new Heritage palette from Cheap Joe’s (which I really like but does not fit in the drawer) for my paints. I fill my own pans with M Grahams and a few Holbein colors. Board fits very nicely into the magnetic clips of pochade. I can also fit blocks of Arches paper in a variety of sizes very nicely. This is one versatile pochade box. I love seeing other set up so post links with what you use!

Below is a photo of my painting buddy- my 10 year old son, Aidan. He really enjoys the plein air experience and has been creating a watercolor nature journal.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Watercolor CityScape WIP 1

I painted this little acrylic of a street in Cork, Ireland the other night. This is a real departure frm my usual work of horses and dogs. I really enjoyed painting this. I painted this from a great reference photo that my husband took when he went home. This is acrylic and only measure 5 x 7 and is painted on cradled birch panel so it does not require framing.
Now I am attempting to do the same scene in watercolor. I am doing it quite a bit larger (11 x 14). I will post the WIP (Work In Progress) for this one. I am painting this on Arches 140 lb rough press. The first image is mt palette. I will probably on use 4 or 5 of the colors here. The second image is of my image of my initial sketch. You get one shot with watercolors so wish me luck! I will post updates as they become available.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Dress Blues- Hunter

Dress Blues is the title of this 14 x 11 watercolor . You can see the progression of this painting by scrolling further down the page. This depicts a classic moment of a show ring hunter in action. I love the play of light on this. I had to stop myself from doing more to this because it is so easy to overwork a watercolor. I have a sign over my drafting table that says, "Stop me before I kill again!" This piece can be yours for $180. It is unframedand not matted When it comes back from the framers price will go up! Email me for details
Remember you can click on the image for an enlarged view.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Retriever Daily Paintings

I have managed to do two daily paintings.I have had several requests to do here thay are. These are retrievers painted on 5 x 7 hardwood cradled panels that are 3/4 inch deep. I have painted the side, applied 2 coats of satin varnished and wired them for hanging! No need to frame (unless of course you want to). These are headed to the Bakla Java for display but are also available on my Etsy site for $30 each plus $5 shipping. The swimming lab has sold! Thanks for all of the inquiries!




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