Monday, May 25, 2009

Huge improvement in working conditions

This beautiful new palette (the glass top) with shelves is precisely the right height for me when I'm painting. It's also on rollers that really roll, so I can move it around to where its needed.

The glass is great because I can scrape it clean, if needed (razor blade paint scraper), and also because I can get paint off of it and onto the support easily.

The shelving system underneath it works beautifully. It's a custom assemblage put together, on the spot, by an extremely helpful salesperson at the Container Store in Old Town Pasadena. Randy asked me about my purpose for the shelving and then designed this system that works beautifully for me--and then pulled the parts and put it all together right there--and took it out to the car. Of course, it's worlds better than my old system, a piece of glass on a too short trashcan, but it's also terrific, period.


  1. Dear Jean,
    I like your rolling pallet table. It seems very clever and practical. If you need more storage space for paintings and canvases I can recommend an elegant solution that I recently purchased. It is an upscale (yet relatively inexpensive for what it is) storage system for storing art. It has changed the way I see and approach everything in my studio. It holds every surface I paint on before and after painting. It is modular and adjustable. It is sold and made by a company called Art Boards they are in Brooklyn New York and can be contacted at and 800 546 7985. Look under Art Storage System on there web site menu.

  2. Good tools of the trade are such a pleasure.

  3. Thanks, Bill. I looked at the site and the storage looks very useful.

    Yup, AH. And I couldn't resist taking a picture before I got paint all over it and loaded it up with stuff. It's no longer pristine, but it's still a pleasure.

  4. Is this travel friendly?
    That container store contains a lot in its 2 stories. Being organized is such a key to wanting to doing something.
    Ck out the new location of Seattle's Coffee & Books just steps away on N. Fair Oaks, begining late next week.

  5. Not really, CO. For a day trip, I have a piece of tempered glass made to be a palette. I carry it inside a plastic container that's sold as a part of a "stay wet" palette for acrylic paints. I've seen people with beautiful homemade containers for their palettes, but I'm not one of them.

    Yeah, it was my first trip to the store, but I didn't really explore because I got helped so quickly.

    I walked by the new location of Seattle's and also went into that courtyard with the store that carries locally produced art objects. There's this amazing pergola installation of hundreds (?)of magnifying glasses that dangle like crystals.

    Have you tried the other restaurants on that block? Any opinions?

  6. You are well organized. If I showed you my studio you'd run away in horror. Kind of like a kitchen after a party.

  7. Well, this system is a definite step in the direction of organization; my old system looked more like the kitchen before the party.

  8. I was always tripping over stuff I'd left on the floor. Still tripping, but with far less reason.

  9. Hi,
    I followed you from Katherine Kean's blog. I use a glass pallette as well, did the glass come from the Container Store too, and how is it attached to the cart?

  10. Hi, Melissa. (I love Katherine Kean's blog, too.) The glass came from a local supplier of glass (usually for windows or tabletops; he made it to the measurements I needed). It just rests on top, with the same kind of pads you'd use between glass top and metal coffee table bottom. Mine is 24" square, beveled and rounded at the edges and about 3/4" thick, for extra strength (really more than what's necessary).