Another Sweet Chance to Win an Art Cocoon

Pleir air artists, get ready to win these useful wet panel carriers! They protect your painting and everything around it. Our 2017 Summer Plein Air Contest will run from June 15th to July 15th.  You can enter up to three paintings for a chance to win one. Winners are determined by popular vote.  I painted this strawberry field last week during  our annual visit to Whittaker’s Berry Farm in Ida, Michigan.  Even with my two year old twins along, I had was able to finish a quick study and we picked ten pounds of berries.  My oldest daughter and her friend were very helpful, and so was my Art Cocoon.  I taped in my canvas panel when I loaded up my kit in the car.  I used a table top easel and sat on the straw right next to the berries.  They smelled lovely and the weather was absolute perfection.  The kids had fun picking (and eating) strawberries and fell fast asleep on ride home.
I didn’t unpack my kit when we arrived home, because I was wiped out after unloading the littles and the berries.  Around two am, I woke up and started worrying that I might have loaded the art cocoon in the car with the painting facing down.  I ran out to check and sure enough I had. However, my masking tape held up so my painting was still intact. I put the lid back on, banded it securely in place and set it painting side down in my studio. Then I went right back to sleep.


Encouraging young people to experience art! by Gloria Chadwick

With so many schools cutting back on art and music programs it isn’t surprising to find some children may have the desire to paint but not the resources or opportunity. Offering youth classes through various community organizations and museums now that plein air has become very popular can be rewarding for both the teacher and student.An idea for artists working with young people is to suggest that students working in oil use an Art Cocoon to lessen their frustration and fear of damaging their work. Young painters can get frustrated carrying all their paints and supplies to a class and then fuss about how to transfer the painting back home. Starting with a small panel snug in the Art Cocoon can eliminate some of that anxiety and give them the security of having their learning project safe from damage.See below for what Gloria has been up to this summer!

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“Hills of Dehesa”
6″ x 8″, oil on canvas, 2015
Gloria Chadwick

Angelica works in her parents’ store… when she’s not performing store chores or serving customers, she can be found painting. She doesn’t use an easel and sets the Art Cocoon on the register or on her lap and paints away!

“It worked very nicely and I LOVE it! The Art Cocoon is very helpful as it helps me have a better storage place for the wet panel. It is not bulky, pretty much can fit anywhere and it is very portable! And I am still thinking on how to decorate the Cocoon, such as put designs on it, and I plan to use it for my art classes. Thank you very much :)”
~ Angelica –  Art Student

Nick can typically be found on the baseball or soccer fields but he’s always open to try something new! Preferring to be outside than inside, the plein air event in New Hampshire was perfect for him.