Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Review Guerrilla Painter Pochade

Almost a year ago, Ed bought me a Guerrilla painter pochade. I got the medium French Resistance model.  I wanted to review it right away, but decided to use it for awhile. I had been using a homemade box which I'll tell you about on another post.
The Guerrilla comes with a tripod mounting bracket on the bottom and it attaches to any standard tripod. I found one on www.Amazon.com that is absolutely perfect. Lightweight and easy to use. Made by Velbon CX 444.
This box measures 10 x 13 x 3. It will allow you to paint on a canvas from 4 x 6 to 16 x 20. I have never used that larger size because I tend to paint small in plein air.  You need to work quickly due to weather and lighting changes and I haven't learned yet how to accomplish that!
The box is well made considering it's made in China just about like everything else in the US.
I like that it has leather straps. The long compartment holds your brushes and there are little holes drilled so you can hang your brushes while painting. Only negative is that some of my brushes are too long for this spot and you really need to cut off an inch or so to make them fit without bending the bristles. There's also an adjustable partition where you can put your jars for mediums or turps.  Rags can store under the lid.  The palette area can be used two ways.  Either squeeze out your paints right on the bottom which allows you plenty of mixing area, or drop in a palette. I like the plastic one with the air tight lid. Not that large, but not as messy and helps keep the paint from drying out if you don't scrape your palette clean at the end of the painting session. Paint tube storage: I can keep a couple tubes inside, but most of the time I have to carry a small tackle box with me for the rest of my paints and brushes.  I know the more experienced painters out there say to limit your palette and don't carry so many paints, but I'm still working on that. I tend to get out there and wish I had a color that I didn't bring, so I throw a lot of them in the tackle box and carry it along in a tote bag. A roll of paper towels, bug spray, water bottle and the tripod go in there, too, and I find it not to heavy or cumbersome.
A nice feature is that you can carry your finished painting home on the OUTSIDE of the box by using the same little metal bar that you use on the inside to support your canvas. There are holes drilled in the top that allows you to relocate that bar.  A shoulder strap is an option that I didn't get.  I just took a strap off an old duffle bag I wasn't using and attached it to the provided rings on the box. 
I give this box a 4 out of 5 star rating. It's lightweight and I can set it up and break it down in a matter of minutes. As I said earlier, the brushes don't fit as well as I'd like them to so I can't give it a 5!   It sells for $149.99 at www.cheapjoes.com which is where my husband bought it. Compared to other pochades on the market, this is a good value.
*my first two photos were taken from the manufacturers website. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Guest Instructor Today

Today at our art group we had a guest instructor, Kate McGloughlin!  We all love Kate.  Her mom was my kindergarten teacher and about 22 years later my son had her for kindergarten, as well.  Kate is a wonderful artist and the president of the board of directors for the Woodstock School of Art.  She often leads groups on excursions to various locations for a week of painting.   Here's a link to Kate's blog.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ashokan Dreams Morning

5" x 7"
Oil on panel                                                         SOLD

This painting was done on site or plein air. My friend, Linda Sobel, and I got out early a few mornings this summer and I painted this view of Ashokan Dreams Bed and Breakfast from High Point Mountain Road. When one of my ancestors, Peter Eckert, owned this property, this building was the barn. Mary Margaret McBride had it converted to a home in the 1950s. Today is is the home of a school mate of mine and she uses it as a B & B and a lovely spot for weddings. Sold framed or unframed.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Goose Bay

5 x 7
Oil on panel
We spent 5 days in the 1000 Islands near Alexandria Bay, NY in June.  What a beautiful place!  Can't wait to return. Ed fished every day and I got up early and did some plein air painting.  This little painting depicted a scene from the dock on Goose Bay.  There were carp making a commotion mating in the reeds. A working dog boarded the NY State boat and went out with a ranger.  I have no idea what the dog's job was, maybe chasing geese.
Framed $100. or unframed $75. +  $5.00 shipping


Saturday, May 21, 2011

Leifeld Farm

Leifeld Farm
18 x 24
oil on canvas
Our friends, Bert and Ann Leifeld, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary today.  I painted this portrait of their home as my gift to them.  It shows the wagon wheel notch in the mountain. This notch was used by native Americans to pass through to Samsonville. My grandparents, Mart and Anne Eckert, lived on this same farm back in the 1940s.  In fact, when my parents got married, they had their reception in this house.  It's a beautiful setting and Ann takes care of the grounds herself.
I wanted a spring landscape so I waited until the leaves were out before I took a coule of photos to work from. This is one of the bigger paintings I've ever done. They loved it!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sanderlings III

"Sanderlings III"
8 x 10
oil on canvas
framed $125. + $10. shipping

While on Hutchinson Island in Florida, I was very amused watching the sanderlings running back and forth in the surf. They were so cute all facing the same direction and very hyperactive!  My friend, Marylin, took a photo of them while she was there and sent it to me.  I painted these birds several times, hence the name "Sanderlings III".  Not because there were three in the photo.  This painting is framed in a lovely white beachy looking frame.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Boothbay Maine Haulers

"Boothbay Maine Haulers"
5 x 7
oil on panel

I love Maine.  Last summer, we stayed on Southport Island near Boothbay Harbor.  Not far from Pemaquid Point lighthouse. Gray Homestead Oceanfront Campground, where we stayed, catches and cooks lobsters for you to enjoy right at your site! Can't wait to return.  My husband and son went digging for clams and I sat and painted this little scene of lobster boats coming and going. I never feel so good and healthy as I do when I'm near the ocean.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Portrait of Grace

12 x 16
oil on canvas panel
Not for sale

I think I've finished this portrait of Grace. Grace is my 5 yr old granddaughter and my favorite subject to paint. I'm very happy with it, but I may need to deepen the dimple on her cheek so it looks more like a dimple and less like a smudge! She inherited that dimple from her dad. He and his dad have two each!  My daughter in law told me that Grace will be taking art classes this summer! You can't imagine how thrilled I am. What a lucky little girl.  By the time she's my age, she should be a master!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Pinos Altos Hike

6 x 6
Oil on gallery wrapped canvas
$75. + $5.00 shipping

We went on a short hike outside Silver City NM and found this trail in the Pinos Altos mountains.  I set up my pochade and quickly painted this scene of the trail heading out of the parking area. This area was once a mining spot. We found remnants of the old camp and even an old car that was rotting away.  The woods were thick and of course I always have rattlesnakes on my mind!

Southwestern Mesa

"Southwestern Mesa"
Oil on board

I did this small painting in March while on a road trip through the southwest. We traveled across Texas and were headed for New Mexico. Somewhere along the way, I took this photo of the desert with mountains in the distance and a mesa much closer to the interstate. I think it may have been the Guadeloupe Mts. in the distance, but unfortunately I didn't make note of the area. I saw SO many incredible sights and I took a lot of photos. This is a dramatic change of landscape for me.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Anton Otto Fischer

My brother in law sent me this photo of an oil painting Anton Otto Fischer, illustrator, gave to my in laws, Dick & Blanche Kahil.  They used to own the Rainbow Lodge in Mt. Tremper NY.  Mr. Fischer had a home in Woodstock and was a friend of theirs.  He displayed some of his art in their lodge. He illustrated the Saturday Evening Post, Moby Dick and many, many other books and magazines. I don't know the title of this painting, but it looks a lot like the brook that ran past the kitchen door at the Lodge.