My latest passion is painting with pastels and I love landscapes. I so totally want to get into plein air painting. In order to do painting out of doors and in the wilds, I needed something portable to carry all of my equipment. It had to fit into my backpack, it had to be light weight and it had to have compartments so that I can stay organized. This month is my birthday, so Les suggested that he buy me a pochade case like I have been seeing in videos of pastel artists. Yeppers- works for me. Whee!
But WOWZA! I searched the net for portable pochade boxes to find that, Cripe! They are expensive with a capitol “E”. One tiny little wooden box was $280.00. It was cute and cool and everything, but that didn’t even include the side pastel trays, the tri-pod or the portable easel. We were shocked. That was totally not in our budget, so I asked Les to help me make a DIY pochade box. Mostly, I needed his help to do the measuring, sawing, drilling, gluing and building while I kept running in with better and new ideas. LOL, that guy really is a saint and probably hopes to never hear me say, “I’ve got a better idea”, about a project again. Anyway, it was my birthday gift so he had to build it, right? We put our heads together and came up with, what I think, is a perfect pastel box for me. And it’s cute too.
What I learned from searching information on Plein air painting is that organization is key to painting out of doors. The light changes so fast that one has to be able to set up quickly. As it happened this past week on our first outing with the gear, Les and I had to break down quickly too. We stayed out too late having too much fun trying to get the last rays of glorious light captured on our papers. Yikes! It was getting dark fast and we were still a couple miles from our truck. So it was break down FAST and haul on down the mountain.
We already went hiking around Dead Horse Ranch a couple days ago. My art set-up worked perfectly. I’ll post that outing in a couple of days, so stay tuned. Until then, Happy Arting!