Monday, October 31, 2011
Next, I'm going to design the folding palette box. The mechanism to attach to the tripod would be a copy (probably patented) from a field easel I saw at an art shop in Portland, OR. I might need to give another visit to Portland to see it again since I don't seem to be able to find the same kind in major art shops in Seattle.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Assembling those vertical and horizontal pieces together into a canvas holder frame. After the glue dried up I'll put some screws in place to make it stronger. Only one more piece to attach is another horizontal bar for the binocular clamp to bite on. It needs to be much thicker than the other part.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
After I finish this part, I can putting more colors on this painting, which is much enjoyable.
I'll move on to the next step: build a frame around this bar.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
So, I suddenly made up my mind and booked a cheep motel in Cle Elum, WA, and rode on my motorcycle Saturday night.
Sunday morning was a little chilly in upper thirties. But about the time I turned onto Teanaway Drive from US-970, the morning fog started burned off and blue sky started showing.
I set up my easel near by Teanaway River, where is very common artist spot. At least Ned Mueller painted there this summer and sent me the outcome. My advantage was very colorful trees in fall. I spend about 2 hours until 11AM to come up with the result in the photo. Although it doesn't show well about the difference between sun-lit part and shadowed part due to lack of experience, the colorful trees helped this painting obviously.
After I came home I tried to make some progress on the new field easel. But when I followed the instruction of the insert nuts then hammered a nut into 11/32" hole of the piece of wood it cracked as you can see below. I knew it might happen but I did it anyway. I guess I need to try a size bigger hole, which is 3/8", next time.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
This part is the key mechanism for the canvas holder part of the new field easel. So I drew a diagram how to build it. If I cut popular lumber exactly I drew, it would probably work. But thin slicing or dadoing lumber with a table saw always comes with risk for chipping.