Hull Elevator 

I was able to get in some oil painting practice using my homemade pochade box on location on June 10, 2017.  

I found a great spot in the shade and painted this scene of some grain elevators in Hull, Illinois. I’m not real thrilled with the finished oil sketch, but it was good practice. I recently modified my homemade cigar box pochade with a T-nut so I could mount it to a camera tripod. My first attempt at this modification failed, but I was able to rework it. The new fitting worked like a charm. 

A nearby resident stopped by to see what I was doing. I had a nice conversation with him, and he even brought me a cold Pepsi to drink. Rural America at its best! 

All-in-all, an enjoyable day of painting and watching trains pass by! 

Tom Conboy 

Planning a New Workshop 

Getting ready for my next wet-on-wet oil painting workshop. I painted this demonstration painting earlier today, and my students will be using it for reference when they paint their own version. I will be setting up workshop dates for June and July of 2017!

Tom Conboy 

Miniature Painting – St. Joseph Church  

Completed painting.

St. Joseph Church (2 x 2 inches; oil) 



I painted this miniature on location at St. Joseph Catholic Church at Zell, Missouri on April 3, 2017. I am trying out my homemade pochade box made from an Altoids mint tin. It is lined with a cut sheet of palette paper. The paper and canvas panel are held in place with some double-sided foam tape. I painted this while sitting in the van.  Good thing too, because a thunderstorm rolled through while I was painting. All in all, it was a lot of fun and the pochade tin worked great! 

Altoids tin

Altoids tin prepped and ready to go!

The subject

Tom Conboy