Last year when I got accepted at my very first official Plein Air Event at the Kanapaha Gardens in Gainesville I got turned on to the coolest gadget! A must have for the endless war against mosquito's for the artists painting outdoors. The week before the event, I went on a scouting exhibition for cool painting locations at the gardens. I literally ran through the bamboo gardens to escape the nasty biting bugs! I told my husband about it that night at dinner. He went to his box of hunting equipment and pulled out this handheld TV remote size device and said this is your answer.
The ThermaCELL is propane powered, no batteries no mess. There is a little bottle of propane that you pop in on the bottom and then slide the small blue refill pad behind the grate. You can hook it onto a belt, hang it on your easel or like I did, placed it right below my chair by my feet. It is safe and odor free, no need to spray your skin with anything! It is a popular piece of equipment for hunters who cannot have anything with any scent or noise.
|Almost done, just need a few touchups!|
I bought mine at the sporting goods department at Walmart for about $19, where you can also buy the refills. My blue pad has lasted three times and I have not replaced it yet. My husband tells me that when the pad turns white you need to replace it. You can also buy other ThermaCELL products such one that can be set in the middle of a picnic table that is larger. I bought some for my son in law, Scott, for when they barbeque at their home.
I used my ThermaCELL this past Saturday while painting on the Santa Fe River with my buddies, Karen LeMonnier, Patricia Veatch and other lovely lady artist friends!