Tuesday, September 3, 2013
More Summer Activity
The two small paintings above (both 5x7 in) were accomplished using my pochade box, a useful device to have on hand especially when weather is threatening or your time constraints are too tight. The box I use is a wooden one made for size 6 x 8 paintings, a more common size found overseas than here. I prefer painting on the slightly larger 6 x 8 surface, but finding frames for that size is not as easy as finding 5x7 (plein-air) frames. Paintings this size can be a delight to do since the painter is more likely to take risks with this rather than larger sizes. (As one painter once told me: "Small painting, small mistakes; big painting, big mistakes.) More practical is the time element. A painter can complete these in 20 -45 minutes. Moreover, as the first painting suggests, we can keep to the poster effect if the intention is to use the 5x7 as a reference for a larger studio work. In any case, it seems like a good idea to keep a 5x7 plein-air gold frame handy just in case -- just in case the small study turns out to be a keeper!
I have some small works being shown at Java Madness at Salt Pond in Wakefield, RI until mid-September.