|Skullcandy, conte pencil on Strathmore toned paper|
There was this skull sitting around.....
.....and I was too tired with a summer cold to do much painting. So I drew. Always a good idea.....but that's not what this blog entry is all about, other than to say that the only 'line' I used is the faint one establishing the center of the skull down to the ear hole. You can faintly see it. After that it was just tone after tone, shape after shape.
The reason to write today is to show you how I remodeled my Soltek easel. I really like the Soltek and bought one when they first came out when I was visiting the studio of Jim Wilcox, the maker and designer.
My only complaint is that I'm an 'arm-swinging' painter. The palette in the Soltek goes front to back while my arm goes side to side. Plus, I never seemed to have enough room on the palette. I tried several solutions but they were all just patches that didn't work that well.
I considered the Palm Palette which is a terrific solution but after thinking through how I paint I wasn't sure it would work for me either. I wanted access to the storage areas, a backing edge to push the paint against, the ability to have the palette on a similar plane to the painting.... but needed it to be compact. Here is my solution. It is similar to what Colin Page straps across his Artwork Essentials easel. I had already had this idea before I saw what Colin did so was encouraged to try it.
No, no paint on it yet. The prototype worked so I just finished this better built version. (....or I'm just this neat and clean...)
The cover needed to be light weight so I used the corrugated plastic that's used for signs....about $5 at Home Depot. I bent the edges by rolling a pizza cutter along the line to be bent plus encouraging it to soften and bend by heating it with a hair dryer. Duct tape, what else, finished it off and holds it together.
By the way, earlier this summer I sent in the Soltek to have the longer legs put on. They refurbished the beast and added the new and improved legs....well worth it.
There you go. I have to go paint.