My favorite ( by far ) pochade 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
I have been using and recommending Rosemary & co. brushes since 2012 and have never looked back. I believe there are no better hand made brushes in the market. I know that is a tall claim, so what I ask of you is to go here and get some, try them and let me know your verdict. I am sure they will surpass any of your expectations as it did mine. I also recommend that you try different types of Rosemary & co. brushes and do not limit yourself to my choices. There is a perfect fit brush for you and they have an incredible variety of brushes available to all types of artists.
brushes I use when painting with oils
brushes I use when painting with acrylics
My STUDIO PalettE
My OUTDOOR Palette
the Brand of paints that i currently use
plein air gear
Updated video coming soon