Friday, June 27, 2008


Today we went back to Yellowstone for our last day of the trip. We spotted a bull moose feeding in some water and a bull Elk with a large rack among other animals. Someone stops along the side of the road and everyone pulls over to see what is happening.

We stopped for a picnic and I set up my painting supplies. I was actually working from a photograph I had taken in Yellowstone the previous day trip of the incredibly beautiful thermal pools. This one was particularly chromatic. I wasn't thrilled with the painting, but it was a gorgeous day and sitting outside in the sun and fresh air was delightful.

I brought a very light weight chair that folds up. I particularly like this one because it has a back. I also have a small camp stool (also very light weight) that I used as an easel. I put it under the picnic table so it wasn't in harsh sunlight. I had the water etc on the bench of the table. I could have sat at the table to paint but this was more comfortable and I had all this stuff with me. The chair and camp stool were purchased at REI sporting good store. I think I have seen this chair in a few of the art catalogs.

The portable printer that I brought works fabulously!!! Beautiful prints relatively quickly and very easy to put together and use. It is by Canon the Selphy CP740. I think the CP750 has a few more features which I would have preferred but they didn't have it in stock and I wanted it immediately.


Nancy Standlee said...

I loved the detail about your set up. I've got a chair on order from Cheap Joe's to use in Cloudcroft. Thanks for giving brand names to compare. Your painting looks great and you are an encouragement to others who don't venture too far from the studio.

Anonymous said...

I saw a similar stool at Elephant Pharm that had pockets all around the rim. It was sold as a gardener's stool but I immediately thought of plein air gear in those pockets.
Enjoy the clean air! Maggie

RHCarpenter said...

I love seeing your set-up for painting outdoors, Myrna. I like this painting, too. You'll have so many references for painting when you return.

Brad said...

Hi! I too love to paint in plein air, and my family and I really enjoy the National parks (should be called National wonders in my book)I loved the simple uncomplicated see up. Each year we plan an amazing trip somewhere in the U.S. (this year was the Great Smoky Mt National park and the Carolina sea shore) I love to paint each and everyday then write of our adventures. Its a wonderful keepsake with the 2300 photos I've taken. Your little set up will make life less cumbersome on my next travel adventure. I'm here in Minnnesota and what a blizzard we're having. Just purchased your book, thank you the colors are amazing.

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