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.