|View of Boca Negra Canyon, Albuquerque, NM|
Pochade, from French word poche for pocket, is a type of painting sketch done in a small, portable format. Artists from past eras painted such sketches on small wood panels that would fit in a coat pocket along with tubes of oil paint. Fast forward to today, we now have lightweight compact boxes for painting en plein air with all of our gear.
The two pochade boxes I have been using were wooden boxes that I adapted for painting outdoors. They were workable but had a few shortcomings that became inconvenient after awhile.
My new Guerrilla Painter pochade box actually arrived ready to use (it's cute as a button and very nicely made!), except for some custom alterations I wanted to make. I added a carrying handle, some rubber feet, the metal tripod plate, some removable mixing trays, and I covered the palette mixing area with plexiglas for easy cleaning. Then I gessoed and primed some panels to paint on and loaded the pochade box with oils, turpentine, brushes, and other necessities.
I was all set to go out painting with the Plein Air Painters of New Mexico today—even though it was only 46 degrees this morning, even though the skies were gray with dense thick clouds (my least favorite lighting)—until it started raining, a good soaking drizzle that lasted for several hours. Oh, well, when you live in the desert, you never complain about rain or snow.
I did drive out to the site—Boca Negra Canyon located on the far westside of Albuquerque—and took some pictures of this volcanic rock-strewn area. It's not a landscape you can just see anywhere, and it offers the chance to see petroglyphs, too.
This is New Mexico and there will certainly be a multitude of sunny days to revisit this site and paint. I'm looking forward to it.
Thanks for taking a look. Enjoy your weekend!
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