During one of my enforced breaks, I had the opportunity to play around with some wood. I have always loved the look of wooden boxes filled with pans of paint. I know many of them are very old and artists have had them for some time. The more modern versions come with a full set of paints (which I certainly don't need !) and can be rather expensive.
So my thinking cap became very active and I tracked down a company that sold plywood boxes for under £5. I eventually found one the right size and after a few days I started to adapt it.
The dimensions of the box are:
EXTERNAL - 27 X 16 X 4 CM
INTERNAL - 26 x 14.5 x 2.4 CM (lower part of the box) Lid inside is 1.7cm deep
Prior to varnishing I cut down some lengths of wooden beading to fit inside the box and glued these in with wood glue.
To work out the right measurement between divisions, I used several of the half-pans.
Once these were dry I set to and varnished the box, inside and out with an oak coloured varnish.
Because the pans sat too low in the box, I used some strips of foam board to make them higher and also glued these in. The pans are held in place by a small piece of double-sided tape on the base of each. The space at the top is to hold brushes.
Because of the depth of the lid, there is also room to store a small plastic foldaway palette.
I've still got my six key colours in this palette, but it has also given me room to add a line of handy opaque watercolours and some of my favourite Daniel Smith paints.
Another box adapted. This one also came with the wooden divisions. Once varnished, I lined it with some material and it is perfect for storing my tubes in.
Another box (the same size as the palette box), useful for those bits and pieces !
Half way through my painting break I received some exciting news. Five of my paintings have been accepted by the Society of Botanical Artists, and four of them will be hung at their forthcoming London exhibition in May entitled the Botanical Garden. The exhibition is taking place at Central Hall in Westminster, opposite Westminster Abbey. If you get the chance to go there will be many botanical art paintings to see, along with a lovely shop to purchase cards, books etc.
Botanical Garden by Angeline de Meester (c) 2014