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!
Here is a video of my recent plein air painting session on April 24, 2017. This time-lapsed video cuts the painting time to around 11 minutes. Actual painting time from set up to signature was 3 hours.
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!
This watercolor was painted on location back in 2012. This scene is of the old Missouri Pacific depot at Bismarck, Missouri. It is no longer used by the railroad (Union Pacific), but is owned by the city.
I had a great time painting this on location back in March of 2015. The weather was beginning to warm and it was a beautiful sunny day. This structure was once a feed mill, but is now an arts and crafts store. Sadly, it is supposed to be going out of business. Here are a few photos of the painting process: