See Trial, 5x7" oil on linen, plein air, ©Diane Mannion
Marine term... Sea Trial, when a vessel is tested for sea-worthiness. This morning, tested my new James Coulter Mini Easel for the first time! A see-how-it-will-work-out trial. Wanted to work out the kinks before taking it on a "real" painting expedition.
Only had about a half an hour to sling paint before going back home for studio and house renovation work. Found a shady spot under a tree in a nearby park with no one around. Bliss! At least for ten minutes until a curious man showed up. Then a whole group set up lawn chairs in the parking lot behind me. Sigh...
But my first trial of the Coulter easel was flawless. Love the speedy setup and take-down ease! Happy with the light weight! Tripod, box, brushes, paints, Gamsol, sketchbook, and towels fit in one boat bag.
Location, easel, and sketch stage: