My favorite ( by far ) painting boxes are made by Alla Prima pochade. They are hand made by artist Ben Haggett, and they are truly masterpieces of great woodworking skill. I have been using mine for years and the more it gets used, the more i love it. What I love most about it, is that each one is unique, since the wood grain will never be the same on each box. The fact that they are made of high quality woods and by hand ( not mass produced in a factory ) was a huge deciding factor for me when choosing my ideal painting box. I will always support top quality craftsmanship over assembly line stuff.
Here is Ben on his painting boxes:
"Pochade" is a French word for a small sketch, especially one executed in oils, out of doors. A pochade box is a lightweight, portable painting box, with an incorporated panel holder that acts as an easel. Modern ones feature tripod mounts for easy positioning.
Pochade boxes have become the preferred platform for creating small plein air paintings. As a plein air painter and woodworker, I've been building and enjoying my own pochade boxes for years, while always thinking about how to make them better. Now I've designed a line of pochade boxes that incorporate all the features that I've always wanted. Features like the ability to carry four wet panels of different sizes, a lid that holds position without annoying braces and wingnuts, and the convenience of having paint tubes, water or turps containers, and brushes accessible while I paint.
Of course, I use quality woods and stainless steel fasteners, because I believe tools should be durable as well as beautiful. My philosophy is simple: the more you enjoy using your equipment, the more you will paint and create. Art is long, and life is short, so get the tools you need, and go...paint!
- Ben Haggett
Hand made brushes by Rosemary & co
the Brand of paints that i currently use
I use water mixable oils. I don’t carry toxic materials to use in nature, I rather keep it simple.
Water is everywhere where i work, and it suits my needs perfectly.