Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Marsh, Ocracoke Island

Marsh, Ocracoke Island
Oil on canvas, 24x48
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The triumph of this painting is not only the painting - which I really love - but also the fact of the painting.

A year or more ago, I had a great idea. I'd find a way to fix some clamps to the side of the van so that I could do big paintings in plein air. Maybe with velcro, or something like glass guys use to carry around those huge panes.

 I talked to people, I thought about it, and at long last, I figured a way to make it work! I bought three suction-cup things that attach GPS devices to the windshield. They have big enough clamps to grab onto even deep-sided canvases. I set them up on the side of the van, two holding the bottom of the canvas, and one holding the top. And it worked like a charm, even in a veritable gale!

I still have to work out some kinks, though. For instance, it hadn't occurred to me that my back would be toward the scene I was painting - so I turned the van around, opened both doors and got the view that way. Attaching the clamps to the back window would solve this problem, mostly, but the curve of the back window means I need to do some more figuring.

Here's what it looks like:

Here's the painting still attached to the van. 

Here are the suction cups without the painting. 


hw (hallie) farber said...

Your paintings are wonderful--and I love the clamps. Great idea!

carrie jacobson said...

Thank you, Hallie! I am so glad you like my paintings. I'm pretty happy with the ones from this trip!

There was a day when the wind was strong enough that it defeated the clamp system. I was using it with a 12x36 canvas, so an odd shape, easily picked up by the wind, which hurled the painting facedown onto the ground. It is salvageable, but the clamp system is not infallible! Still, it is pretty good.