Wednesday, 14 January 2009

it's been a while.......


It's 2009 then. Stunning revelation I know.
Before you ask, I have not just woken from a RipVanWinkle like snooze, I just find January a bit trying. The first week always vaporises in a haze of post Christmas malaise, and before you know it, there are only eleven months of the year left.

In an effort to avoid feeling guilty about wasting time, I have been out and about painting with a new plan, and a new piece of kit. It's called a Pochade box, and is only new to me. Painters have been using them for ever, the likes of Monet and co. were big fans. In terms of results, the work is small, (8"x6"), and hopefully executed with flair and speed.

The nice thing is that all the paint, brushes and bits go into the box, and there is room for three boards in the lid. All I have to do is pitch up on the iron horse, open the box and crack on.
It's early days, but I'm very happy with the results so far.

I do need some thicker socks though......

9 comments:

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

How good to see you posting on your blog again. Recently saw a pochade advertised in art mag but thought the size of the boards might restrict me a bit I cant seem to work small. Besides I havent got an iron horse and probably couldnt balance it after not being on a bike for so many years. Good choice of subject - what were the other two like?? Did you wear mitts??? Will pop into C21 tomorrow following my visit to Holt.

beachfreak said...

Dear boy, welcome back.

Thicker socks? No, two pairs will do the job. Keep the costs down, we're all fucked financially this year, remember?

When are we going to get our arses in gear on these days out? I might have a lot more free time soon.....

travelling, but not in love said...

Looks good, like it a lot...and such a cool toy too!

Happy New Year!

Pochade.co.uk said...

Excellent to see the box in action. Love the photo of the pochade box and bike, can we include this in the gallery page on the pochade.co.uk site? If so do email them over.
All the best and hope your enjoying it.

Regards
Antony

sally in norfolk said...

Great to see you back... what a neat idea and so cool to be able to get out and about with out a ton of stuff x

walrus21 said...

If you are VERY good I shall crochet you a pair of socks. xxxx

ginger witch said...

Glad you're back, gives me something to read when I'm at work!!

Anonymous said...

Mate!!! Nice to see you back. Been checking everyday just in case...Nice to see the bike out again, and the box! Your always welcome for a coffee and a sketch here anytime bud. See you soon.........Ciderman x

knifepainter said...

Hi joan, I'm coming to terms with the size of the boards, I'm a bit rusty at working small, but it's a challenge !

Thanks for your support Freak, good to see you yesterday.

Hey TBNiL, thanks for staying with it, always nice to hear from you.

Anthony, I'll be e-mailing you the pics later, I'll also bang a link onto the side bar.
It's a great piece of kit, exactly what I wanted.
Thanks very much.

I appreciate you dropping in Sally, Happy new year !

As for you Ciderman, get some rest !
Walrus, I await the socks with baited breath....

Glad to be of service GingerW !