Alla Prima Pochade - Thoughtfully designed handcrafted pochade boxes for the plein air painter

Links

Artists

Some artists that I know have one or more of my boxes, are fun to look at, or funny looking...

My own website. I also have been playing around with a blog. If you really have nothing better to do.

Josh Elliot. A fellow Montana boy, he's, um, not bad...

Scott Burdick and Susan Lyon You probably already know the work, but if not better look...

Some of Tom Thomson's, work from Cybermuse Gallery of Canada, eh. He doesn't have one of my boxes obviously, but he was cool...

My website designer Charley Parker has an impressive blog...far reaching, you might say. Beware time distortion.

Tripods.

You can use these boxes on a tabletop, or in some cases on your lap, but a tripod is an important and often overlooked part of your kit. It really does pay to become a bit of a photographer in this respect, do some research, and become familiar with them. As a general rule, most people who are working on location, often travelling, are interested in minimizing weight and bulk. So, smaller box, smaller (and lighter) tripod. Besides your local photography store, places like Amazon, B&H Photo, and Adorama are good places to research online. Talk to fellow painters if possible. A good tripod will serve you well for years and if you get a good balance between strength and weight you won't be cursing it every time you try and shove it in the backpack...

What I have (not saying these are the best, just what I've actually used):

Bogen. I have a couple, an older, heavier one with a heavy duty ballhead, which doesn't even notice a fully loaded Yellowstone, and a newer, lighter model: the 725B Digi, which does fine with a Bitterroot but struggles with a Yellowstone. In general, good, solid tripods.

Velbon. I have an Ultra Luxi SF with ball head and it is a nice little tripod, great for the Belly River and Blackfoot, or the Bitterroot Lite. Unfortunately I've noticed recently it doesn't seem to be available anymore. But then the other day I saw it again...

Supplies.

Need something to paint on? Great panels from these guys. Made in the USA by a small company that prides itself on great customer service. I can relate...

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Floating the Smith River with a Bitterroot Lite...

Ducati makes a nice tripod, I highly recommend one...