Caring for Your Pochade or Paintbox

Derived from the French word for "envelope," the pochade is basically a small, portable, wooden easel-and-paintbox combination, where paintings can be stored or transported on the interior of its lid. The pochades come in a variety of sizes and shapes.  In the photograph above is a French easel, a shoulder-strap portable pochade, and a palm-sized …

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Painting Tools: Care and Treatment

What tools do painters use to make many of the styles of marks on canvas?  The truth is that the tools available for creative painting are as varied and diverse as the artists, themselves, who use them. In the use of  creative tools, the scope of possibilities are large: brushes, palette knives, sticks, skewers, cardboard, …

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How Can You Safely Transport Your Artwork?

  You are the guardian angel of your precious and valuable productions of art, whether you bought the artwork from a fine art dealer or created it yourself. How you carry, transport, and deliver them truly matters to their material safety and endurance. Transporting a work of art requires proper care. Some pieces are fragile, …

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Pochade? Pochard? or Pochette?

Àn artist's tool can sometimes have a name that puzzles or confuses people unfamiliar with it. I have witnessed this confusion over the term applied to small, wooden "cigarbox" easels. These small tools have been called "pochade", "pochard", and "pochette"; but only one of those words actually applies to the small easel. The root word "poche" …

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Inspiration in Art

Being an artist is not always easy. Even for the experienced professional, inspiration does not come on demand or by command. Ideas need time to grow, much like flowers, from a small grain to full bloom. Sometimes conditions favor the nurturing of these budding ideas; sometimes an immature concept withers for lack of sustenance or …

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