Someone recently asked:
"This is very amazing, how you create "en plein air". I have a question, though. Since you use oils, how do you transport your beautiful work back home without smudging, smearing, or downright destroying it? Looking forward to your answer."
Great question! I have special carrying boxes made by Raymar that have slots to slide the wet panels into for safe return home. They come in all sizes and I have most, if not all, of them. The boxes are made with a water repellent foam core type board with air cells and are very sturdy and lightweight.
Each box can carry several panels but the weight will add up. I only carry what I want to use on that painting expedition. Many artists use the boxes while traveling and fill them up.
|A well used Raymar box.|
|ezPak wet panel carrier|
I also made an 18" x 24" carrier myself from foam core because no one makes a box that big.
|18" x 24", Artist made box.|
|18" x 24", Artist made box, open, with a panel inside. Kelty backpack in the background.|
For example, a 12" x 16" box, being 12" wide, can also carry 12" x 12" or 9" x 12" panel. Raymar came out with a 9" x 12" box that is smaller since it is a popular plein air painting size and reduces the bulk and weight of using a 12" x 16" box.
The smaller panels and carrying boxes will fit inside my Kelty backpack while the bigger ones I carry by the strap slung over my neck and shoulders.
Some pochades also come with slots on the backside for carrying wet panels but I prefer a separate box for the panels. The slots can be limiting and add extra weight to the pochade.
I'd love to hear if anyone has experience with a different kind of carrier. I know there are some other brands out there that are more suited to specific needs like getting your paintings home when traveling by plane.
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