Fruitbowl: oil on MDF panel; 3.5 x 3.5 inches
Things are on a roll with oils right now; four pictures in 5 days, all worked directly from the subject.
So, before the final demolition of the remaining nectarines, here they are in a bowl, painted in oils on a very small-format piece of
gessoed MDF board; measuring just over 3 inches square (around 75-80 mm).
I continue to like painting things in these mini-scales. They are often overlooked in the grand scheme of things, as people rush headlong through life seeking only the biggest, brightest and jazziest canvases. But at least I have plenty of storage space for my small pieces. For several years I've preferred the smooth surface that gessoed boards provide. I still have canvas and canvas-boards, but now I treat them with several layers of acrylic gesso to smooth out some of the tooth.
I set this small board up in my pochade box, which takes a max. size of 6x8 inches (and will handle an 8x8 inch board with the top flap open). It makes a useful table-easel (although small). I have also used it a number of times outdoors, resting on my lap and steadied with one arm (this again can be difficult if the pose is maintained for a couple of hours, due to arm cramp). Some folk have fitted tripod legs to their pochade boxes.