Thursday, August 02, 2007
This is a plein air painting, or field study. That means that it is done outdoors, directly from nature. Jack will usually make a larger painting, in the studio, from his studies. Good draftsmanship is important, and learning to "draw with the brush" takes skill. To steady his hand, Jack always uses a mahl stick.
Painting is a solitary activity. The artist is working out his composition, and is actively engaged in visual problem solving. It takes a great deal of thought to paint a good picture. The artist must find equipment that suits his/her needs and temperament. This is my husband Jack. He uses a portable steel easel which fits nicely on his motorcycle. The palette box breaks down into 2 sections, so that it is compact as well. A juice can serves as a brush holder and hangs off the box for easy access. To paint well, your equipment must serve, not hinder, your creativity.