Quest for the perfect pochade box-1


I’d like to do a little series on my adventures with pochade boxes.  Most painters start out with a “French easel”, a three legged studio-in-a-box.  I used one so long ago that I cannot find a photo of it and I’m too lazy to set it up right now.  The one pictured here, however, is my first real pochade box which I still use most of the time.  When I first started painting plein air, I struggled to keep up with the guys who had everything tucked away in their backpacks.  I clunked along with my French easel, the size of a small carry-on.  My friend, Cody DeLong, advised me to order the one you see here from a company in Cody Wyoming, Open Box M.  As you can see, it has had a lot of use.  What I like about it is it will take almost any size canvas, has a large work area, is fairly light weight and folds up into a pretty thin size.  What I don’t like about it is the four wing nuts and two thumb screws that catch on everything in my pack and are tough to turn when my hands are freezing in the wintertime.  We’ve learned to get along, however, and I find this one is my “go-to” box.  I have three others I will show you over the next installments

A word about that word pochade…its French, meaning “quick sketch” and that’s what we do with these boxes.  We do a quick little painting which hopefully results in capturing the essence of a scene.  © Dawn Sutherland  2017