DIY Pochade Box
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All of my small oils (up to 5″x7″) are painted plein air using my DIY pochade box.
It is a pretty small hand-held box, the palette/mixing area measures 5.75 x 8 in.

I made the sides from Oak, the rest is Baltic Birch ply. I planned to make a brass lid support and a spring loaded panel holder (similar to Open Box M), but after using the box prototype for a while, I fell in love with it’s simplicity and decided to keep it just a box. I use it with either canvas taped on, or small canvas panels/gesso board mounted with four small pieces of sticky-tac. I hold the pochade box with my left hand using my thumb as a lid support.

Pochade Box Top Panel Pochade Box Top Panel DIY Pochade Box - varnish applied Pochade Box – varnish applied
DIY Pochade Box Ready to Go Pochade Box Ready to Go

Acrylic palette in place and loaded with titanium white, cadmium yellow light, cadmium red light, alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue.



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About Me


I am a Toronto based artist working primarily en plein air in oils and watercolours. My paintings strive to capture the essence and mood of the landscape and express it’s gesture with the fewest strokes possible.