An Online Artist's Coop for Artists who Paint on Location
I have a half box that I actually really like a lot. I don't get to paint plein air enough to upgrade to a Soltek... at least not yet :) They do look pretty awesome though. I also have a couple of homemade pochades that work well. I haven't found one setup that works for me for all situations. I do find that I like to go as minimal as possible so the frenchie usually gets the call since it holds all my stuff and I don't need an extra backpack or cart or anything. I've only worked within walking distance of my car but the Soltek looks like it would be superior for air travel.
As far as other equipment though, winter is approaching here and I'm wondering what kind of gloves people use while painting in the winter. I've been looking at those fingerless ones but wonder if thin mittens would be better.
Here in Ontario, it gets quite cold in the winter and I find gloves inadequate to the task. I found out how members of the Group of Seven (early twentieth century Canadian painters) kept warm in winter. I use a reasonably think woolen sock over my hands. I poke two holes in it. One in the toe the other further up the sock. I insert my brush through the toe hole and out the other hole. I get to handle the brush with my bare hand, just like summer painting, and yet the sock is warmer than all but the thickest mittens. (Your fingers are free to move, unlike in gloves, and so the circulation keeps them toasty.
I've used this set up in my last 10 winter paint-outs. I've painted in up to minus 20 Celsius and my hands have kept warm. (My toes not so warm.) I winter paint in oils, and they've stayed workable all the way to minus 20.
I purchased this set up for my oils and love it. Very easy to transport and sturdy. Everything can fit in a good size backpack. The only thing I added was a piece of glass.