Sunday, October 26, 2008

20th SketchCrawl - Vancouver

Joined the 20th SketchCrawl in Vancouver on Beautiful Granville island. Thought no one is coming until someone showed up a hour pass the meeting time.(I totally forgot about the "artist time" thing. One hour later than any set time for any gathering...) Got to meet quite a few friendly local artists.

Beside the first time experience with the crawl, is it also the first trial run for my home made paint box.(Just finished it this week.) The box works surprisingly well. Beside having to hold on to it until the water bottle is clipped on,(as a counter weight to prevent it from tipping over.) it works perfectly. The box came with the light bulbs purchased at Costco, and the spare parts and screws comes from Home depot for about $12. Compare to the wooden paint box that costs about $50 and up, this is definitely a good way to save money. Besides, most of the boxes are designed for oil painting and doesn't work perfectly with the setup I have with Acrylics. Now I can finally go everywhere with my Acrylics.(Everyone should make one!!!.)

After freezing my butt for 2.5 hours, most people had found their way inside the market for some warmth. I drank a cup the hot tea in my backpack and head over to the boats.(No way I am going inside, especially with the Saturday crowd in the Market.) When I got back around 2:00pm, I can hardly find anyone around.(although I knew they are still around some where on the island.) Too bad I couldn't meet up with the group at the end of the day, as I had to take off early. Maybe next time.


Megan Wolfe said...

Wow. Nice box. :D Looks like you rigged the sides too?

Le_fish said...

Wolfe - Yeah, I put the adjustable thing on both side so it can be locked at any desired angle. It is an adjustable part often used on windows. Just need to replace the screw that came with it into ones with "wings".(So it is possible to tighten with fingers instead of a screw driver. No, I am not referring to tampon or pads with wings...) There are few more improvements I wanted add, but those will have to wait until I find another box.(or have more time.) You should totally make one too!