Thursday, October 18, 2012


I did this painting as a gift for my wife Leslie on our 20th wedding anniversary last week. I tell people never ask the assistant manager at a cookie store if she gives free samples, or you may pay for them for the next 27 years.

Clancy 14 x 11" Oil on canvas

Leslie told me that she felt like a heel because she didn't get me anything. Actually, she got me a nice new studio easel, but she didn't know it at the time... I just put it together last night, and can't wait to try it out. It's a Richeson Best Classic Dulce easel, if anyone cares.


  1. I have the same easel Frank. It's not too shabby.I ended up making a little block of wood with grooves in it to help hold smaller panels. I also made an adjustable tray shelf that holds a glass palette and a wooden box that I cover wet paint. I know what your thinking. I can make all that, but can't make a wooden easel. lol Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Randy,

    I'm going to try to enjoy it, but the lighting in my studio room is lousy. I have a couple of clip on lights with daylight bulbs, but it's not enough. It's fine when I sit at may animation desk and draw, but not for painting.

    For my palette, I have an old picture frame sitting on top of a rolling cart that houses my supplies, but I will probably need to make something to hold smaller panels eventually.

    Now I just need to come up with something to paint...

  3. It's not pretty, but I bought a dual florescent light fixture with day light bulbs and hung it above my easel with chains. I also have a natural light fluorescent bulb at my palette. Even with all of that and the room light on and sometimes the window curtains open, the light is not like being outside. I paint a lot of tractors and trucks as my default subject because my painting time is so limited and I don't want to spend it driving around, so I just go for what I know so I can get painting. You may need to find your go to subject.