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Jewell BoxTM

 

 

A PLEIN AIR VIEWFINDER

 

          Features:

1.  Two sliding opaque, black doors that capture any size format within a two square inch viewing window.

2.  Two sliding transparent doors that superimpose a crosshair, proportional grid over any size format in the viewing window. 

Note:   I usually hold the Jewell Box viewfinder one to two inches from my eye.  I focus beyond the transparent doors to the scene I am drawing. The world of plein air is rough and tumble and I often get scratches or debris on my tranparent doors.  However, because of my distant focus this goes unnoticed similar to the dust on my reading glasses.  If I lay the Jewell Box over a photo to crop a composition scratches and debris disappear completely much like transparent tape which pulls off cloudy but tapes down clear.  I have been using the same viewfinder for four years with the same transparent doors.

3.  A folding, spring-loaded, reducing glass creating a wide-angle effect when used with the viewfinder.  Used alone, the lens gives a distant view of the work.

  The Jewell Box Story

This plein air viewfinder was designed and invented by nationally recognized plein air artist and educator, Dr. Russell Jewell.  While teaching a quadriplegic student to paint with his mouth, Jewell discovered the viewfinder/grid/reducing glass combination to assist his friend.  This logical approach to compositional design sent Jewell on a quest to create a plein air viewer that would assist all his student artists, both past and present.  Over the past 26 years of teaching these art students now number over 3000 strong.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS!

1. Open opaque doors and  locate your composition.

2. Open transparent doors to form a grid over your view.

3. Draw in proportion on your canvas or paper and paint.