Here is another forty minute pirate portrait done by Logan Hagege.
I am home from my two week painting trip to Provincetown with the fourteen pirates. I had a great time, learned a lot and made some new friends.
I am going to begin a new series of posts. As is often the case I am going to write about design. When I am on the road and working long hours it is hard to do tutorial posts, but as I am in my studio again I will return to that. That should start tomorrow.
Lets see what can I write that might be useful tonight. Oh, I know..................
This is Rosalee Nadeau who along with her husband and son, make the Take-it Easel. That's the quality Gloucester easel that has been copied rather ham handedly as the Beauport easel. I recommend you not buy one of those, as they are put together wrong and won't work out of the box. They can be made to work, but not unless you are familiar with the Gloucester easel. Rosealee's son, Tobin is tooling up to begin manufacturing the Take-it Easel again from a workshop in Vermont. The new easels will have a few minor improvements and will be made out of American grown maple and not compressed silt. The take it easel is better made and sturdier than the commie easel and sets up and takes down more smoothly. The new easels will probably feature a redesigned leg release mechanism that should be extra dependable.
I will keep you all posted on this. When the new easels come on line I will post a link so if you want one you can get one. They will certainly cost more than the Chi-com easel but they will work, and be indestructible. I have worked on the same one for fifteen years or so with only some minor repairs recently. I sent the easel into Rosealee and Tobin redid all of the fittings and release levers. I think the Take-it Easel is the best fix for outdoor landscape painting, unless you require a very light kit for traveling or hiking or are only interested in painting small.