|'Canyon Country' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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Both paintings done with the pastels in my Box #1
I have a thing for boxes. I love a good box and I tend to collect them in my thrift store forays. I'm not always sure how I will use them but I can't resist a well made box. Recently I went through my collection to come up with possible candidates for a small plein air box for pastels.
Oh I have my trusty Heilman box. But I will be going on a three week adventure in the Southwest and my travel companions have agreed to travel very light. So no big box and easel for me. I came up with three possible solutions and I will be trying them out over the next few weeks.
I had a great time repurposing these boxes and would like to share a few tips.
The great thing about this little box is that it has a hinge that allows the lid to stay open. I can prop a foamcore board and paint...a mini pochade! Everything is stored behind the lid flap.
Box #2 is my well travelled 'cruise ship' pastel box. This thin wood box was a Mancala game box. I removed the innards and lined it with foam. It holds lots of pastels and they never break or shift in travel. The lid on this box opens completely flat which is great for painting in windy conditions. The box won't blow over! I love this box!