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Yearly archive for 2015

New Product Discovery

A slip during unloading resulted in this hand injury .

A slip during unloading resulted in this hand injury .

During the booth set up in Monterey I got a  cut on the top of my hand that was fairly deep.  What a great relief I had the product of a friend to rely on!

Ed “Passi” Pasquerella sent one of his brilliant “Dr.’s Bag” of natural sunscreen, bug repellant and wound repair.

The moment I put just a drop or two of the “Golden Drops to the wound, it stopped the bleeding and eased the pain.  It began the healing immediately

and there was not even a redness or tenderness and because of its natural anti-bacterial properties, the wound was greatly healed by the time convention ended.

Ed Pasquerella's "Golden Drops" and "Buz Off"

Ed Pasquerella’s “Golden Drops” and “Buz Off”


This product is a must for all of us plein air painters!

Visit his site and enjoy a great resource.

Thank you Ed!  You saved the day!

Monterey Excitement

Ready for the next wave of customers!

Ready for the next wave of customers!


Plein Air Convention 2015 Monterey CA

Plein Air Convention 2015 Monterey CA

What a whirlwind adventure Monterey was! Calm sunny days, COLD windy days, atmosphere to take ones breath away moment by moment!

We were so busy at our booth I barely got a chance to catch more than a glimse and get it down in pastel.

So I took lots of photos and used my sketchpad to capture notans and notes from the presentations I was able to attend.

Our daughter saved our life on this trip and made it so memorable….we could not have done it without her!

I was so energized by the friendliness and accessibility of the Faculty members and administrators and the gracious way guest Master Artists gave such jewels of knowledge and inspiration!

The Heilman art boxes had a robust interest and sales were great. The versatility of the Heilman art boxes are making an exciting impact on pastel, oil and watercolor artists.

The Heilman art easel shines as a multi-faceted use as an easel for the Heilman art box or a stand-alone unit connected to a tripod.

This makes for lighter, easily transported set ups and allows for using more than one medium simultaneously.

It is liberating not to get so involved and stressed with pouring all the energy into ONE medium or view.

Application Discoveries

I’m enjoying the variety of applications  of our boxes!

The Sketchbox Double is doing so well for tight plein air experiences with a good palette of colors to work with.

I enjoy how the easel can be used on the box or in my lap and I have recently discovered the Dolica 57” TX570B150SL Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head.

It’s very light at 2.5 lbs, folds down to 12.5”, takes a maximum load of 12 lbs. I spoke with them personally  ( and they are very helpful!

SketchBox Double, with easel

SketchBox Double, with easel

Tripods are an important element in the plein air set up as they must be versatile, sturdy, easily set up and taken down and be as affordable as possible.

There are many on the market and with our boxes, their requirements have to do mainly with the weight of whatever box is being used filled with pastels.

Pastels are heavy and will double the weight of the box they are put into.

Also helpful has been the Heilman Easel Adapter and Easel attached to a tripod.  The Heilman Easel and Easel Adapter expand the use of the tripod

and make for a solid easel set up in field or studio.

Heilman Easel and Heilman Easel Adapter attached to a tripod.

Heilman Easel and Heilman Easel Adapter attached to a tripod.


A Handy Tip

It’s been some time since I’ve posted to our blog. We have changed our computer system and a lot of other technical things and the “learning curve” is not nearly as friendly to me as it used to be so thank you for your patience!
I’m always looking for things that make the painting experience better and on my way to sharing about a new tripod I had just tried,  Master Artist Susan Ogilvie shared a great idea she has been sharing with her students.
A gifted artist and a wonderful teacher, Susan’s art and workshop schedule can be viewed at    
Susan uses our box and on the frame she has painted a value scale.   Acrylic paint was used and it is very helpful in identifying a color with its value.
Susan Ogilvie & Value Scale on the Heilman Backpack

Susan Ogilvie & Value Scale on the Heilman Backpack