Sunday, March 21, 2010

The new easel/desk is terrific!

Snow is off the ground, ice is off the lake, and we have an extra hour of daylight in the evening. And I feel like celebrating! The monster "easel in a box" is now in use and is even more convenient and comfortable than I had hoped. I'm delighted. One picture shows Ward working to assemble it, and the second shows the finished desk after Ward and Beth Wilkins completed the awesome task.

When I am painting a
watercolor, I often use special watercolor pencils for accents and details. Note the two containers of those pencils, and another heavy glass filled with many of my brushes. The light clamped to my easel/desk is color balanced so that its light simulates daylight - I am a night owl and sometimes go on a painting rampage until the wee hours of the morning.

Studio Updates:

To give you a better opportunity to purchase available original watercolors, we are adding a new section to our web site. Paintings described here will either be auctioned on EBay or added to a special section of our web site. When posted on our web site, each original will be offered at a fixed price and the first qualified purchaser will be the proud new owner!

My watercolor of Culveer's Vandalia Train Station is the first original to be offered on the "originals" section of our web site: Its image has been on several earlier blogs so it's likely that you will remember it. You can get an idea of the scale from the photo of me holding the framed painting. This picture was taken on our side deck - the door behind me is the outside entry into my little studio, and I'm facing toward the entry to our Painter and Poet Gallery.

Custom framed in light brown wood, it has archival matting and UV protected glass. The inside alpha mat is called Dusk Grey, a color very similar to the color of the frame, The top mat is Gypsum, a light tan color. Image size is 17" x 11" and the total framed size is about 24" wide by 18" tall. Price framed and ready to hang is $695.00

In order to buy an original from our web site, you will need to either call me at 574 842 8888 or email us - - to arrange for your purchase. We can accept Visa, Mastercard or Discover. If you want to use paypal, we will be happy to send you a paypal invoice. Indiana residents will be charged 7% state sales tax. Free insured shipping within the continental U S, and additional charges for shipping to other locations.

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