Almost every hat I wear I have modified somehow by hand. I have even designed a hat for me “Packer Fan” that I am, that is a “Slice of Cheese” hat. Those cheesehead hats are too cheesy; so I designed and made my own. When I wear it I come off looking like “The Flying Nun”.
My point is this; every painter needs to find comfort in the technology they use. For me, I have finally modified my French Easel for more comfort for me. I removed the metal dividers, making the pull out drawer my mixing palette box. So except in the studio, I no longer use the plastic “Masterson” mixing box I have used for the last year. This has reduced the weight of my easel by a couple pounds, which will enable me to lift it longer distances when I want to paint plein air on larger than 16×20 canvas’ [the limit canvas size of my Open Box M Panel Holder]. I still carry my paint tubes in the drawer, I just have to clean it [like I always should] after painting. Below is the modified drawer with the paint tubes, after I cleaned it with thinner after painting.
Another point of comfort is my use of a Brush Paint Wallet, by Tran. I purchased mine from the Boise Art Warehouse called “Quality Art”. Go to www.qualityart.biz and order one if it excites you. Please tell Cathy [the office manager] that Rog Lyngaas told you about it.
This tool really helps control the amount of supplies I carry for plein air painting. It is pictured below.
We are getting better, faster, bigger, cleaner, wiser, older, bolder, etc…