Today was typical gray, gloomy overcast winter day here in the Salt Lake Valley....except that it was warm, in the high 50's even. Normally it's very difficult for me to feel motivated to paint outdoors without some sun but I felt I better take advantage of the warmth and get out there. I drove just a short distance to the Jordan River Parkway to paint this little study.
"A Warm Winter"
Acrylic 10" x 8" on panel
I had the presence of mind to take a couple photos of my plein air painting set up for small paintings.
In this photo you can see everything I take with me out to paint for 8" x 10" and smaller paintings. Everything but the chair fits in the backpack that's sitting under the brush holder. The plastic box is just something I picked up at the local grocery store and is just the right size to hold a few tubes of paint, a view finder, a couple pencils, a palette knife, medium cup and small spray bottle, (which I forgot to pack today, good thing it wasn't too warm!).
Here's a close up of my home made painting box. I started with a cigar box I bought at a yard sale for a quarter. The original box hinges were removed and replaced with resistance hinges. The screws that hold the hinges to the lid also hold a piece of aluminum angle that provides a shelf for the painting to sit on. I use a little spring clamp to hold the painting to the lid. There's a piece of bent sheet aluminum attached to the right side for medium cup to be clipped to. A hook is also screwed into the right side to hang the solvent can on. I cut a piece of glass to fit the bottom of the box, painted the back side gray and glued it in for my palette. I installed a 1/4-20 nut insert into a piece of 3/8" plywood and glued that to the bottom of the box to allow the box to be mounted to a tripod. There you have a it, a home made plein air painting setup that's about as thrifty as it gets.