Saturday, June 20, 2009

First Hay of Summer...progressing

We were there before 7am to begin painting the first cutting of Summer hay. Getting an early start to beat the heat is a must. It was 97 degrees later in the day. This is an 8"x10" oil on RayMar panel painted en plein air. At the time of the photo, it was still progressing but was finished alla prima. I just haven't taken the finished photo yet. Since this area seems to be famous for its "North Georgia green green", I often push colors into their blue or yellow zones.
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chuck larivey said...

Hi BJ,

I'm glad you're getting out to paint..........even in the heat. I saw your painting set up on this and another site - I like the rolling file - my first reaction...she needs a moving van!!! :=. How do the wheels hold up? The more I thought about it, the more it made sense - I've been thinking of a lightweight hand cart, but I think you're more on target.

It looks like it's just "you and me" on the blog these days. Have you ever thought about turning it into an association...similar to Mid Atlantic group?

bj said...

I've used the rolling box for about 2 years. So far the wheels are still great. They've been through mud and high grass/weeds. I've unpacked it several times and used the water hose to get the grime off. But at $20, if/when it wears out, I'll go back to Office Depot and get its replacement. I love that the lid also acts as a little table top. I can put my easel and folding stool on the box lid, use a bungee cord to secure them, and pull the whole thing. It's so much easier (for me) than carrying something over my shoulder (because of arthritis). Because of the weight, instead of picking up the whole thing, I unstrap and put my easel and stool into the car separately. When I get to the painting site, I set out the rolling box, put everything on top, bungee it down...and there I go.