So this morning I start to organize things, picked up my tripod - and a leg breaks off. Just metal fatigue I guess - I have worked it pretty hard and felt I was going to need a replacement soon. This has been a great tripod, bought 8 years ago from Judsons ( Gorilla Box ) - good tripod at a good price. But I am now tripod-less as needed to support my Alla Prima Pochade that I like best for acrylics - as shown in an earlier post. And I wanted to use acrylics for this event.
So I set up my Soltek and played with different ideas to make it work. I have used it for acrylics - but don't like it nearly as well as my Alla Prima. For acrylics I like to have a small Masterson Palette for the heavy paints and easy access to the bottles of Golden fluid acrylics that I squirt out as needed - and on to a glass palette where I mix.
So next I got out my Coulter Art Box system that I have been using for oils this summer. And yippee I think I have a system that will work - in fact, I took it for a "short ride" this morning - spent about 30 minutes at the end of my drive way working on a 9x12 - and think it will do the trick.
|Coulter system set up for acrylics and my transporter cart
|Masterson Stawet on the left, glass in the middle and fluid acrylics and medium on the right,
brushes hanging on the back, two water containers on front
|Taking system for a short work out to see if I am happy
|Never tried this before - using a cut out view finder - thought it might be good for architectural subjects
|Summer traffic in Comox
|Initial block in
The system worked well and let me set up the way I like acrylics to be set up, in fact, having the panel at shoulder height was an advantage over the Alla Prima. The only limitation is that I had planned to work 14x18 but felt it was too big for the panel holder to support - so I will stick with 12x16 or 11x14.