Over this winter my husband built me a new and improved pochade box! We just finished it last week. It is modeled on the shoebox pochade box that I made last summer. The sides are pine, with a plywood base and lid.
The lid has an overhang at the back, which was a happy accident. He made the lid too large on purpose, intending to trim it to the size of the box. While we were trying to decide on a mechanism to hold the lid open at the right angle for painting, I opened it one day and found that the remaining overhang rested on the back of the box and supported it at just the right angle! Like this…
Inside, he put a small ledge on 3 sides, to support a palette (actually I’m resting my Masterson Sta-Wet Handy Palette on it).
The water container is a baby food jar.
Under the palette support I can fit all my supplies!
I took it on a weekend trip last weekend. Here’s what it looks like in use:
It rests on my lap very securely (we experimented quite a bit with the size and weight to achieve this). Here’s the first painting I did using it, of the Mississippi River from my hotel room. (I felt too self-conscious just yet to venture out to paint in a busy city, although I did take my watercolor supplies and sit out by a nearby lake and paint).
I’m hoping for lots more outdoor adventures with the new box this summer!
4 thoughts on “(New) Homemade Pochade Box”
I love the box Mary! Looks very professional and smart. I’m looking forward to seeing the plain air results, am sure they will be great. Know exactly where you’re coming from about going outside, dual courage is needed, so I am going to try it and will let you know!
Thanks for the comment Hilary, and the encouragement! I look forward to hearing about and seeing your results too!
Lovely box, Mary! Makes me think of a recent post I saw on the subject by Will Kemp (Will Kemp Art School) He was talking about how to make a pochade box for Acrylics, but his was made from a plastic sectioned box and very small…yours is MUCH nicer!
Thank you Hilda! I hope others might be inspired to make one at home. It’s not a complicated design. Happy Painting!