I didnt make it to life drawing (painting) this week as I was away but I did do some art today. Over the last few weeks I have been preparing some spare mountboard pieces I have and cutting them down and sealing them for use in my little pochade box. I have all sorts of colours and want to have the option of letting some of the background show through so I have sealed some with shellac and some PVA and will see if there is any difference. So far I have found that shellac is easier to apply and PVA easier to clean up and cheaper too.
My small pochade box holds boards of 5" x 7" which is pretty small but my plan is to take little local trips in my car and do mini paintings as and when I can. Today I decided to do a dry run indoors to make sure I had thought of everything and could do it fairly easily and without mess. My basic equipment is the pochade box, 5 tubes of paint CMYK and white, 5 x brushes, palette knife, paper towels, painting boards, wet wipes and nappy sacks. I will use water miscibles oils without mediums and so the clean up is easy. All this fits in a neat little bag and my first expedition to the couch was pretty succesful so I am confident I wont paint the inside of my car when I venture further.
The first painting is a master copy and the second from a photo of mine. The CMYK palette worked pretty well although I discovered the black was indespensible, ironic because I dont use it normally and it was lucky I had some. I will try some other limited palettes as I go including Zorn but this is a good start. I didnt notice any difference painting on the two prepared surfaces so as long as the paint doesnt fall off I guess it wont matter which I use. I also have some traditional art boards and am going to oil prime them as I dont like gesso textured boards but initially my home made colourful boards will be OK until I find my way with the plein air. I cant wait to get out there now!