Sunday, September 14, 2014

Rolling Studio



William Sidney Mount (1807-1868) devised an itinerant artists' wagon in 1852. He wrote: "A Design for an Artist waggon to sketch and paint in."

"During windy and rainy weather, no time is lost on account of the hot or cold air. This vehicle with glass windows can by drawn by hand, or behind a waggon if the painter should not wish to keep a horse. I believe the true painter should have no home," but should wander instead in search of subjects to paint.


Here's a more recent equivalent. It's a 1957 delivery van customized as a rolling studio. In bad weather you can paint through the picture window, or you can set up on the spacious back porch. You can pick it up on Ebay

(Thanks, Edward O'Brien.)

12 comments:

Capt Elaine Magliacane said...

Boo Hoo… ebay link doesn't work.

Terry said...

It worked for me, just FYI. It's wonderful to know that artists have always daydreamed about their perfect studio!

gordie said...

Could we please have a photo of your new smaller easel ,looking forward to the new design.Thank you

jeff jordan said...

You could probably do some unicycle painting in there.................

David King said...

If I had the money and space I'd be very tempted! I love old cars and trucks so having something like this would marry my two loves very nicely.

Glenn said...

Doug Higgins, one of Frank Reilly's monitors and author of a couple of books on Reilly's teaching methods, uses a truck/RV as his "mobile studio".

Write-up here but no pictures: http://dhfa.net/mobile-studios/

jeff said...

Walt Gonske, a painter who lives in Taos NM has kitted out a camper complete with skylight window.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DztHn0rxOs

Glenn said...

Gonske also studied under Frank Reilly.

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Tiffany McLeod said...

Wow, at first I wondered why? Hmm, I guess it's really useful to paint landscapes and other things in the rain.

James Gurney said...

Tiffany, Yes, I suppose the biggest benefit of a rolling studio is being able to paint in rain or cold conditions, and being free from mosquitos and other pests.

Gordie, I'll try to do a post of the smaller pochade, but you'll see it in upcoming videos.

Thanks, Jeff and Glenn.

Ray Cullins said...

My favorite painting professor from college, George Burk, had a refurbished Boston Globe truck with a large window installed in the side for just this purpose. Inside was a comfortable seat, racks for paintings, and gear. I think his biggest challenge was keeping the window from steaming in the wintertime. You could always tell when he had arrived on campus by a quick scan of the parking lot. Now I think he uses a more standard pickup.

https://secure.drivers.lexus.com/lexusdrivers/magazine/articles/Lexus-Lifestyle/Ann-Beattie-George-Burk