Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Paintbox Evolution

Having used my original SW-designed-and-built-revolutionary-hold-many-paint-pans-as-you-could-wish-for watercolour box for a few months, it has evolved.
It needed to be smaller, so it could fit into my many bags, I have a need to wander this earth with the means to paint always at hand.  I think its like having a security blanket, I always feel OK if I have some painting gear with me, not just a tube of paint or a brush, not even a pencil and sketchbook but almost a complete studio...in miniature!  "its OK BBC News, I can explain what happened...look I painted it!"
Anyway, to put it another way, I have improved the box that I made in March.
So now I present:  The All Singing, All Dancing Painting Box for Watercolour, open it up and you find...
Housed in a small cigar box, 21 cm x 16 cm or 8.25 x 6.25 inches, lives this... 
A ceramic pallett - not stuck in but wedged in to make removal and cleaning easy.  Its ceramic because I am trying to cut down on the amount of plastic that I use and I am a bit in love with old fashioned style art materials.
A section for brushes to stand in waiting - a habit that I picked up while working in Poland in the film Loving Vincent, having the brushes that I used at hand is, well, very handy!
A linen lined section to hold my brushes - secure and safe and lovingly wrapped, brushes are so important and, especially with watercolour brushes, so delicate.  I have a lot of brushes but about six firm favorites that I always use...so this is their place.
Little wooden lids - these are to protect the paints from getting paint on each other while in transit.  There is no reason for the little wooden lids being cut up (not very neatly I will add) other that I was making this with what materials I had on hand in the studio...its a prototype you know!

Snuggly brushes revealed as well as the gouache section (sounds like a bit of an orchestra) I like to have a little gouache on hand, mainly white, zink and permanent as well as a lemon yellow. Very useful.

And here it is, open and ready for action.
I do have larger boxes full of watercolour paint, I will do another post about them later, this sort of set up however is what I have with me at all times, it comes on my travels and I use it to paint my sketchbooks that end up in opening frames...one of which has been selected for The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition this year.  Which is very exciting indeed.
I have also designed a plein air oil painting box, I couldn't find one that worked for me so I designed what I wanted and have got a genius woodworking friend to make it up, if it works I will be showing it here...very soon.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Glassy Water, February 14th

Glassy Water, February 14th
9.84 x 7.87 ins
I am putting my smaller plein air paintings out there, all sold unframed, directly from the studio, postage and packing is included in the price.  Watch this space or visit the page on my website.