|'Friends Upon the Marsh' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Just call me the Bag Lady. I have a slight obsession with bags, luggage and containers. I have countless bags and more suitcases than I care to admit to. Yet I am always on the lookout for the next best bag. Give me a reason for a new bag and I am on a mission.
This week I had a reason for a new backpack. I decided to purchase Stan Sperlak's "Gogh Box" travel pastel box. Here is a sneak peek at the box. I will be taking it for a test run next week during my trip to Pawley's Island....so look for a complete review soon.
|Stan Sperlak's Gogh Box pastel plein air box|
The idea behind the Gogh Box is that it holds everything you need for plein air pastel painting...pastels, drawing board, paper, finished painting holder with room for extra supplies. I made a similar box for my Southwest trip and it was great but perhaps a tiny bit too small. This box looks perfect.
But I needed a backpack to put it in for travel. It would be fine to throw the box in the car for a plein air outing but for longer trips I wanted a backpack that could serve as my carry on. (I will be going on a big adventure trip this summer so I am getting ready) This backpack needed to be roomy but light, It needed a padded section for my iPad. Plus a little extra space for toiletries and other travel essentials.
|The old back back (front) and the new one|
So off I went to REI with my coupon and tried out backpacks for for over an hour. I finally settled on one by Northface. I got it home and didn't like how it wouldn't sit flat on the floor. This would never do so I made plans to return it. I decided to take out one of my old favorite backpacks that had seen better days. All it needed was a good washing.
So I emptied the pockets to get it ready to throw in the wash.....and surprise!! In my secret stash pocket I had stashed some cash.....$130 in cash! Wow...that backpack could have easily been donated to the Goodwill if I didn't need to find a new bag! I had not used in in over a year!
Here is the Rest of the story.....My Gogh Box arrived and didn't fit in the old backpack....but fit beautifully in the new one that I had not yet returned....and with the box inside the backpack sat nice and flat. It is perfect! So I got a great new backpack and found some cash for my trouble!
About today's painting: This is the demo from last night's pastel class. It is 9x12 on Uart paper done with a value block in using a 305 Nupastel.