Thursday, September 20, 2012

Making a Plein Air Easel with a Camera Tripod Base

Last summer my mom, my sister and I went to Bend, Oregon for a watercolor workshop.  We spent most of our time doing plein air painting and one of the painters brought a really neat easel made to use a camera tripod as a base.  I really liked it and was able to remember enough to have my sweetie shamelessly copy it and make one for a birthday present for my mom.

 Here is the easel all set up.

 This is the piece of wood that holds the tripod shoe.  Al put an insert with a 1/4-20 thread (the same thread that the tripod shoe uses) in the piece of wood and screwed in the tripod shoe.
The board hooked into the tripod base.

On the other side of the board is industrial strength velcro.  We also put it on the back of a hard watercolor board.  That way you can attach the watercolor board to the piece of wood and your painting won't fly away in the wind. 

Here is the board for your palette and water.  The slots on the right side are designed so that they rest against two of the tripod legs and that holds the board in place and keeps everything level.
 Here it is all set up on the tripod. 

And finally, here is the bag that I made to hold the easel.  Mom's really excited to go out somewhere and use it.  Now I just have to get one made for me.  :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

At Long Last...New Paintings

It's been way too long since I posted anything here.  I've had some major health issues the last 6 months and that coupled with the current state of my memory (lamentably bad)  has put blogging right out of my mind.  Hopefully, the long dry spell is over.  :)

Here are some of the latest paintings I've done...I didn't put all of them in this time.  Just the ones I am happy with.  Enjoy!