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December 24, 2007 / pleinairman

Guerrilla Painter 6×8 ThumBox

One neat Christmas gift this year is my 6×8 ThumBox from Guerrilla Painter. Since I paint so many small paintings, especially in winter when the cold shortens my sessions outdoors, I thought it was time to acquire a box specifically built for the task. Many of you know that I use the 9×12 Guerrilla Box. Although I can use it for small paintings, I really don’t need such a large palette — or the bulk. With the 5×7 adapter, however, the ThumBox is perfect for my 5×7 oils, and it fits easily in my small backpack.

Backpack with ThumBox inside and tripod strapped to outside

Here’s the box, ready to go!

Even though the temperature yesterday soared to 45°F (or 7°C), I wanted to take the box out on a practice run. I slipped a pair of “Hot Hands” into my boots — despite the unseasonable warmth, I still would be standing in a foot of snow — and headed out with Saba, who likes to tunnel for field mice while I paint.

Just like the 9×12, the ThumBox was a cinch to set up. I was painting within a minute of settling on a spot.

Palette (after finishing painting)

The ThumBox’s palette gave me plenty of room to mix in. It slides to the left, just like on the bigger box, revealing a compartment that holds not only my paint tubes but also my turps container. I even had space left for tucking in used paper towels. (I’d forgotten to bring a garbage bag.) The optional palette extension (on the right) has pre-drilled holes for brushes. For the painting below, I only used two brushes, but I still had room for three more. All in all, I had just as comfortable an experience as with my bigger box. The real plus is that the box is so small I feel I could hike some distance with it. But first I think I’ll wait for the snow to melt off the trails!

Here’s yesterday’s painting. As with my previous one, I used no underpainting. I dove right in with opaque paint. I could have used just the #8 flat, but some of the wispiest-looking blackberry canes required the #4 flat.

‘Eastport View with Blackberry Patch’
5×7, oil, en plein air – $60+shipping

Merry Christmas!

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  1. Jeff Surace / Dec 25 2007 12:01 am

    I’m so jealous you get to paint outside, in snow, on christmas eve!! your my hero (very nice work)

  2. Marlene Lee / May 16 2012 4:01 am

    Beautiful painting! I’m looking forward to painting with my Guerilla ThumBox that I just received. I do have a problem though with the 5 x 7/4 x 6 adapters fitting into the top. Did you have the same problem? If so, how did you make it fit?

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