I'm super excited to give a review of some artists products that I've been using recently. The products are made by MABEF easels and I purchased them from www.mabefeasel.com. I'm so impressed with the quality and craftsmanship of these Italian made supplies.
I just used the pochade box today to paint two small paintings and it worked beautifully. I rested it on my lap, which was a very comfortable position for painting outside and inside. I also purchased a field easel that has two arms to hold my palette box, which is something that I've been looking for for ages. The other items I purchased were an artists box that has interior metal compartments that are adjustable (it also came with a beautiful wooden palette with a slick surface) and I also got a small folding artists stool, which is very comfortable and I used with my pochade box.
Anyone who's thinking about painting en plein air (or anywhere!) should visit their website and pick up some of their products. The products are very reasonably priced considering the amazing craftsmanship and that they're made in Italy!
*This review was not sponsored by MABEF Easels. I'm simply a fan of their products.
I've stressed this before, but it really is imperative to work from life. Even a 10 second sketch from life will have more magic than a finished painting from a digital photo. I emphasize this in my classes and I will always tell everyone how important it is. There's really no way to put it into words. It's like listening to live music Vs. listening to through other means. I also feel way more proud of my work when I work from life.
Two new sketches as we get ready for a north east snow storm. The one sketch is of a cat who was enjoying a drink today from our birdbath and the other is a furniture study of a kitchen chair. I also recently went down to New Brunswick to pick up my watercolors that were in an exhibition. I've hung two of them up to enjoy and remind myself of summer days.
My brother's coming back home today to stay for the three day weekend. I haven't seen him since he took a Christmas vacation with his girlfriend to Hawaii. He's bringing me back some cool stuff like a really nice ukulele and some Hawaiian shirts. Hawaii would be really nice right about now...stay safe in the storm everyone.
Just enjoy the act of drawing itself and you'll get good at it. Enjoy everyone!