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Plein Air Landscape Step by Step Demo

Plein Air Demo Step by Step

My Setup:

I use a homemade pochade box and camera tripod.  All my supplies except the tripod pack into an Osprey (from REI) 22” carryon that can be wheeled, carried or used as a back pack.   My tripod straps to the back of it.  The carryon fits under airline seats and is very durable.   There are plenty of straps on it to attach other equipment.  The wheels work well if the ground is not too rough and it’s relatively comfortable on your…


Added by Stuart J. Gourlay on June 12, 2014 at 0:37 — 25 Comments

Brush Alternatives

In your efforts to loosen up your paintings by using such brush alternatives as old credit cards, you may be suffering from "brush withdrawal".  Here are some ideas to help you through the transition:

#1.  Pick a catchy name for your credit card:  I used an expired AAA (American Automobile Assn.) card and though of renaming it my Amazing Art Applicator or my Almost Abstract Art card.  You could name…


Added by Stuart J. Gourlay on May 1, 2013 at 2:57 — 15 Comments

Making your own textured panels

Making Textured Panels

Materials for and preparation of the panels:

I use 1/4" MDF (medium density fiberboard) or 1/4" finish grade plywood (birch is less porous than oak). I buy 2 ft by 4 ft sheets (about $10) at the home store (Home Depot) and cut them up on my table saw to size. I most commonly make 9" by 12", 11" by 14" and 12" by 16" panels.  After…


Added by Stuart J. Gourlay on May 1, 2013 at 2:12 — 16 Comments


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