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Large scale plein air kit

Post by mdmattin » Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:29 pm

Modeling my plein air kit for large paintings.

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Takeiteasel and Bestbrella in improved carrier slung from shoulder:

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Paintbox strapped to back:

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Peg O’ My Art wet canvas carrier under right arm.

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The whole kit and caboodle weighs about 45 lbs.

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Re: Large scale plein air kit

Post by Rebecca » Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:30 pm

Your paint box seems to be a French easel. Do you keep your options open by carrying both easels?
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Re: Large scale plein air kit

Post by mdmattin » Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:49 pm

Yes, at least for now I think that's what I'll do. I'm using the French easel because I had it around and didn't want to buy a whole new box if I didn't have to. For medium sized canvases on not-too-windy days it might be the better option than carrying the Gloucester easel. OTOH, I could easily remove the legs to save weight if I knew I was definitely going to use the Gloucester. I'll probably also use the Gloucester for smaller paintings in windy situations, using my smaller pochade box for the paint box.
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Re: Large scale plein air kit

Post by mdmattin » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:16 pm

Here are some pix of my old French easel, which I refurbished to go with my new Gloucester easel for larger plein air paintings.

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I hadn't used this box for some time, and it was much the worse for wear. I think it has some fundamental design flaws, with hinges and strain bearing fittings attached to thin plywood with small screws. I tightened it up and reinforced it as much as I could; I may have do to more to shore it up in the future. I also added the metal handle and backpack straps, which work quite well.

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The internal dividers never seemed to work for me, and had become decrepit and coated with congealed linseed oil. I pulled them out and installed my own prototype made of corrugated cardboard. If I like the design I'll redo with more durable materials. The Velcro straps securing the paint tubes stop them from rattling around and piling upon each other in transit.

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The palette is made of Lexan covered in Glad Press 'N' Seal for easy clean up (a trick I learned from Sketching Forum regular Rob K (mpainter).

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