The Sailor, 6×6 Oil on Panel – Available for purchase here.
One of my other obsessions is fountain pens. This is a Sailor 1911 Extra Fine with a beautiful gold nib and it writes like a dream. Had to paint it, of course.
You can find the digital version of this study a few posts back. I may do yet another – this stunning study by Sargent uses a very limited palette, almost a Zorn palette, and yet it conveys so much. His is unfinished, and so is mine. 6×6 Oil on panel.
My Sketchbook pro setup in the wild. What an easy setup – I was on, painted, and cleaned up in under an hour!
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So in recent news, I got my Edge Pro Gear Sketchbook on the 25th – and I love it. That’s the long and short of it. I’ve been able to use it for small studies and since they’re small, I’ve been doing tons of them. Here is a selection of my first couple.
My setup in the wild, on my beautiful Koreatown balcony. I love the rich historical architecture here, and every sunrise and sunset is an incredible inspiration. The huge advantage of being in L.A.? The weather is good 99% of the time. Here is the first study I did on the 28th. Yay.
What I love about the Edge pro gear sketchbook
Portable, easy, strong clamps. Easy remove palette, so I can stick it in the fridge when I’m not painting for a day. The magnetic turp jar has never fallen over… It’s a world record! It also contains a gentle cheese hole area where you can wipe your brushes, my brushes come out 90% clean, and I usually only have to soap them once to finish the job.
What I don’t like about Edge Pro Gear Sketchbook, the bad review.
I really only have one complaint… maybe two! My main gripe is just that my long handled brushes don’t stay on well. Since they don’t hold on both sides on the tables, they are easy to knock down. However, my standard handled brushes work great, and I’ve simply switched to a more portable setup with the standard ones! Easy fix. My other complaint is that I got a far, far better tripod than the one they sell for a fraction of the price. My tripod is sturdy, reliable, and beautiful, and cost about $70 on amazon. It’s more or less an off-brand. The one they offer online only holds about 2-3 lbs, so if you want to use this tripod with the bigger Edge Pro Gear, you can’t. The one I got weighs almost the same as the one they sell, but it holds up to 8 lbs – so I can use whichever setup I want when I get myself the larger Edge Pro for Christmas 😉
Overall, it has increased my productivity a millionfold. I’ve finished more oil paintings in the last two weeks than I had in the whole blackout, where I was concentrating on drawing. I am very, very pleased.
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