Last night I enjoyed myself tremendously with the Wheatland Society of Artists in Strathmore. What a lovely group of people. Unfortunately the piece I completed has moved into a new home and I didn't get a photo of it, so instead I'm sharing my lovely pochade. This box travels with me everywhere, even locally to a park or a cafe. Last night I mentioned it and since my old blog is gone, I thought I'd share it again. It is a 6x8 ThumBox which I purchased from Judson's Plein Air a few years ago. I love it because it is lightweight, has a carry handle on the top so that my palette and items don't get knocked around as easily, can carry 4 painting panels or 1 standard canvas (wet or dry - if you place the panels back to back the faces don't touch), paints, brush washer, stay-wet palette, brushes, rags, and even a small sketchbook & marker. It also can be set on a table, used on my lap, set onto a tripod or held with a spot for my thumb underneath it. I got the palette extension kit which comes in handy as extra surface for placing supplies or mixing paint. Mine also has an option to place the handle at the side and the easel section of the box also opens flat so that I can work with watercolours or pastels as well. It also has a couple of small bungee cords so that I can paint on supports larger than 6x8 and extra parts are available for repair or replacement. It has travelled from the west coast across the prairies and I know it will even go further in the future. The best thing I ever bought.