It's a small portable easel/paint box that holds tubes of oil paint, brushes, canvas, mineral spirits and other tools that an artist might need while painting in the field. Because it is smaller than a large studio easel, artists use it while plein air painting and often mount it on a tripod. You can buy a pochade box or make your own.
I converted my Grandmother Lettie's lap desk into a pochade box.
Whenever I take it with me to paint, I think of her!
There were a few things I needed to do to turn this lap desk into a pochade box.
Using two tiny screws, I mounted a small piece of wood (1" x 2" x 8")
just inside the lid to hold my panels.
Inside, I keep another piece of wood that goes behind the lid
when it's open - to support the hinges.
Here's what I pack inside my pochade box.
You'll probably need to cut a few inches off your paint brushes so that they will fit into
your box (or buy short ones). Find a small box that you can set your brushes in
(if you like to stand your brushes up) and of course, you'll need some kind
of latch to keep the lid securely fastened.
Your pochade box is perfect to take into libraries, restaurants and other
indoor settings. Use Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits) so that there isn't
an unpleasant odor. You can rest your pochade on a table
or hold it easily on your lap.
For restaurants where the light is dim, you might want to purchase a
small clip-on LED light so that you can see the colors on your palette.
Keep your eyes open while exploring antique shops, import stores and "arty" places!
Look for a special box that might inspire you to want to paint! Customize it
While hiking up Millcreek Canyon (Salt Lake City, Utah), I snapped a photo of these berries. Some people call them Fire Thorn while others refer to them as Pyracantha. We had a hedge of these berries in the backyard of the home where I grew up. I usually managed to fall into the hedge at least once a year. Ouch! Good times...