HomeMade Travel Easels
Since I'll be taking a group of students to Venice for a plein air workshop in October, we're starting to think about the best (and lightest) products to take with us on the plane. An important consideration is our easel. While there are several (ok, not really that many) good watercolor travel easels out there, they can be expensive. Many artists have gotten creative and have made their own. Here are a couple of ideas that really make sense.
|Camera tripod & plastic drip tray|
Another artist, Jane C., came up with this idea:
|Camera tripod & cigar box (or pochade box) - cups clipped on, left & right.|
One thing I've personally done before is cut a piece of a "rubber gripper pad" (like you put under a rug) to the size of my tray. It keeps things from rolling around too much in there.
I personally either use:
1) My Eric Michael’s En Plein Air Pro Easel (Cheap Joe’s has it for about $160 although it was $120 when I bought it: www.cheapjoes.com – Part # PROEASEL2). It comes complete with a palette shelf, water pail, portable watercolor palette, and bags to carry everything in. Video of the easel setup is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr1rw81ys04.
2) Or, if I'm painting closer to home AND I can throw whatever I want into my car trunk AND I don't have to haul stuff a long way, I like to sit in my folding chair and use a TV tray for my regular sized palette. You'll see in this picture that I use that blue rolling box in the foreground of the picture to put all things into, and I put down an old blanket or shower curtain or vinyl tablecloth under me if I'm out there barefooted. It keeps the ants at bay for a little while (or, at least you can see them coming!).
Thanks to my two artist friends for their 2 excellent ideas today! Do you have others to share with us? What's worked for you and what things have you learned to avoid? It's all helpful to us!
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