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Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Current Set Up

This is the latest version of my plein air set up.  I am continuing to make my own panels from masonite with pumice gel and acrylic paint.  The pastel box is the largest made by Heilman.  My easel is made by  My set up is about my desire to paint large plein air paintings without having to settle on pastel selection.  My typical painting size is about 24"X36".  The easel can hold paintings much larger.  My pastel box carries about 200 full sticks which I like to have for the diversity of stroke making and color selection.

In my backpack I carry artist tape, glassine, fixative, wet micro fiber wash clothes in a plastic bag, my camera, a view finder, my sketch book, value markers, and a pencil.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Pictures of the Laguana Plein Air Painters Invitational

The link above is a flickr link for the LPAPA Invitational which just took place two weeks ago.  Here are some of the pictures I took at the event.  

This painting won the best of show.  It measures 16"X20" and is called Laguna Beach Coast.  His web site is  The amount of paint he puts down is impressive.  I love how clean and bright his paint is.  The paint is so thick that it creates shadows on the surface of the painting.  I would love to be able to paint like this.  It is not often that I feel that way.


Heisler Park painted by Billy O. Amazing.