I'm pretty proud to have made my own color checker via Mark Carder's instructional video. Used some scrap wood from the basement left over from a remodel. The wood is a little wider than recommended and the eye screw is also larger. The wood cracked some as I screwed in the eye screw, didn't have the proper drill bit to start a drill hole. Full of glue but should work just fine. Used a grocery store potato bag tab for the area where the paint sample will be painted on. I have also made a light box that can be folded and put away since my "studio" is really small. It is made from lightweight foam core board. While experimenting with the light box, it looks like it will work great. Took two boards to put still life objects on and stained and polyurethaned them to pick up reflections from the still life. Figured out the lighting for my easel with the still life lit up so as not to put more light in the light box. Now to find time to paint a still life. Have a couple in mind and have photographed them as well. Have only ever used fast-drying alkyd oil paints. Do have some traditional oil paints that came in an art kit (Royal and Langnickel brand) and will be using the five colors recommended in Mark's video.
Possible still life. I put the light more to the side and made some interesting shadows. Is this a good idea or should I liight it from the top?
Again lit more from the side without the cast shadows in the background.
Hope to get to this soon. I still work full time and take care of my disabled husband, hearth and home, a little hobby farm with sheep and chickens and plant a nice vegetable patch every year. So excited though!!