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Eldora, Iowa, United States
Hello- welcome to my blog. My name is Tom Christopher and I have been a landscape artist for many years. I enjoy painting scenes near my home in rural Eldora, Iowa. I am a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a Charter Member of the Pastel Society of Iowa.

2013 Workshops


1. May 4 and 5...Maquoketa Art association. Maquoketa Iowa.
2. May 18 and 19 Des Moines Art Center. Des Moines Iowa
3..September 12,13,and 14 Eurekas Springs Art center
Eurekea Springs Ar.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

My plein air setup

Hello -- I was able to take advantage of the great weather today. I spent the am plein air painting along the Iowa River. Here is a scene I completed on location. The pastel set up includes the Heilman pastel box and easel and a sturdy trypod. The whole set fits neatly in a back pack.


  1. I certainly admire pastel artists who work outdoors. Having that direct inspiration adds a whole new dimension to ones work. Enjoy your summer. You create some wonderful pastels.

  2. Thanks for showing your setup. I've been thinking of getting a Heilman pastel box. What size do you recommend for plein aire?

  3. Hello Carole-- I prefer the smaller box as it fits easily into a regular size back pack. I also have the metal easel which works very well for me. f you purchase both make sure to have a sturdy trypod to hold them secure.. happy painting........ tom

  4. I am trying to find the dimensions of the pastel Plein Air box and the price of the box and the price of the easel
    Terry Boyle teyboyle@comcast.net