I don’t often get an opportunity to paint a live model, especially in a natural setting. Because of my lack of “experience”, I’m pleased with the outcome of this 7”x10” watercolor on Arches 300# Rough paper. The model, dressed in coral red dress and hat, was stunning amid all the greens.
AND….Did you notice my new Advanced Series watercolor palette shelf?…an all-in-one piece that slips easily onto my tripod. This is OPS member Chase Almond’s brainchild and it’s an idea long time coming for the watercolor artist. Here’s a “snippit” from the En Plein Air Pro website :
With over 80 square inches of mixing wells, our new “Advanced Series” Watercolor Palette Shelf is like having a studio palette in the field.
Unlike other lightweight plastic palettes on the market that quickly become brittle with use, the “Advanced Series” Watercolor Palette Shelf is made of heavy duty ABS thermoformed material (not brittle styrene plastic).
Sized 11.5” x 16” x 3mm – it has two large mixing reservoirs, 14 generous sized paint wells, a 3” diameter hole for a water cup, and slots to accept the collapsible water pail that comes with every shelf.
The adjustable tab system allows the “Advance Series” Watercolor Palette Shelf to be mounted on tripods with different leg diameters. Legs can be round or square. The palette lays flat on a table so you can also use it as a studio palette.
The “Advanced Series” Palette Shelf comes with a black 3mm PVC cover for transporting it to and from the field.
My first time out with the new palette shelf, I stood there with the cover in my hand wondering where I was going to lay it so that I wouldn’t (1) step on it, or (2) forget and leave it laying in the grass. After a few moments of indecision, I turned it upside down and slipped it back onto the palette….eureka!….a place to “park it” and a little shelf space for tissues, brushes, whatever! I called Chase to tell him about the “alternate use” of the cover and he’s added this information to the product brochure. (He also gave me “credit” for this tip in the brochure) Thanks, Chase!
I’ll post my other paintings in my next blog…..