|At the beach, watercolor 38 x 28 cm|
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Lately I have been working with photos from my trips, trying to simplify some landscape scenes. Here are several of them, although, I'm still very far from what I'd like to achieve.
|York Harbor, watercolor 38 x 28 cm|
|Bonne Bay, watercolor 38 x 28 cm|
|At Norris Point, watercolor 38 x 28 cm|
|Broom Point, watercolor sketch|
|Trout River Pond, watercolor 38 x 28 cm|
Sunday, January 19, 2014
|Swiss Chard, watercolor 38 x 28 cm|
|Pineapple, watercolor 38 x 28 cm|
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
|My new do-it-yourself easel. |
The support is two pieces of corrugated plastic,
which can be taped on one side to serve
as a folder for the paper.
I have an aluminum easel, which I find very comfortable and use it all the time at home. It, however, is quite bulky. It is long 30" (76 cm) folded and weighs 2 kg. I wouldn't carry such a thing to paint on location, unless I go there by car. Basically, it very successfully serves the purpose of being an excuse for not painting outside. I wanted a lighter and much smaller one. After seeing Alvaro's travel easel that a friend made for him from a tripod, I decided to do the same.
|The easel with the new attachment, folded. The pencil is there for scale|
- minimum size and weight;
- to be able to fit a quarter sheet horizontally and vertically;
- to assemble and dis-assemble easily
First, I picked a tripod. My choice was the Slik Compact II model, as it weighs only 570 g and is 36 cm long when folded. It cost me about $40 CAD (could have done better if I waited for a sale). There are probably many other good models, I didn't spend too much time researching.
There are still a few things to tune up. I need to replace the two bolts with flat-head ones and maybe add a clip to the top support.
|Here is how the rail is assembled. The big round hole is for the |
panhead bolt to attach to the tripod. The winged nuts allow to
move and adjust the the two pieces that hold the board from top and bottom.
I also like the fact that the new rail can easily be detached, and the tripod can be used for its original purpose - photography.