A big thank you to all who wrote with kind words about my husband's job loss! We are trying to see it as part of the grand adventure. One upside is that we can travel (cheaply) without worrying about using time off, and wherever we go, I can paint! We are considering a trip to Big Bend National Park in the next month or so.
A while back I posted about my husband inventing a panel holder for me to use when I paint. It's a simple thing that uses friction to hold the painting, and 1. keeps small panels in place, and 2. allows one to paint off all four sides without anything getting in the way. It is a GREAT tool - one I use every single day. A former student's husband has offered to make these and sell them for me here. Here is a photo of my very used one (left) and a new one (right). The top and bottom smaller peices are glued in place. The middle peice and the painting (duh) are moveable.
They are $18 + shipping. BUY THEM HERE