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mrking
06-09-2007, 03:32 PM
Right now I am just using an A-frame easel and to be honest it just isn't suited to me. Unstable at the best of times.

I am looking at two easels right now and would like to get advice from experienced pastelist regarding my choices.

This first one I like as it can be tilted to horizontal which would be great for sketching I think. And it can tilt foward to avoid pastel dusk from dropping down the front of any art.

1) https://store.opusframing.com/sagro/storefront/store.php?mode=showproductdetail&product=9989

The second one I like as it has a great adjustment feature FWIW. Not the best of reasons.

2)https://store.opusframing.com/sagro/storefront/store.php?mode=showproductdetail&product=9964

My budget is no more than $250

Please advise.

Michael

DFGray
06-09-2007, 03:57 PM
Hi Michael, your easle is a tool that should last awhile
buy the best you can afford
I have a studio easle similar to the Skeena Studio Easel
but mine(not this brand) looks to be a little heavier and was passed down to me
it was purchased in 1956
the other ones extra features may have little to do with actually
painting
IMHO

Kathryn Wilson
06-09-2007, 07:48 PM
I just purchased one exactly like the first one, but I had to put it together. 6 hours later, I finally got it done. It looks like this one comes fully assembled and may be the reason it cost more than mine. Jerry's Artarama $89.

I like it okay, but doubt it will last as long as something much heavier.

I bought the easel because it can be tilted flat for watercolor painting. The dust all falls down on the shelf - guess I better figure out something to fix that.

Bringer
06-09-2007, 08:32 PM
Hi,

I have an A frame easel from Talens which tilts a bit forward (good for pastel dust). I would like to have an H easel but I don't have the room.
I would advise to buy one that tilts forward and IF you can afford, one that will stay horizontal (good for watercolour and even serving as table).
The first one seems to have a problme for my taste : when working seated, where would I place my legs ?
If I had a studio, I'd also like to have a wall-mounted one.

Here are three links with easels to get an idea of what's there :

http://www.richesonart.com/cat19.pdf
http://www.richesonart.com/cat17.pdf
http://www.richesonart.com/cat16.pdf

Kind regards,

Josť

P.S. be sure that whatever is your choice, you buy a stable easel

M Douglas
06-09-2007, 10:54 PM
Hi Michael,

Mine looks alot like the second one except mine has wheels on it to make it easier to move around. Although that doesn't really matter in my case seeing as once I got it all put together it was too tall for my basement :confused: but lucky for me I have a small skylight area where it fits perfectly. I couldn't be happier with it,

I got mine at Opus in January but can't seem to find it on their web site. Here is a link to the one I have.

http://china-conda.en.alibaba.com/product/50152832/50805217/Easels/Multi_Angle_Studio_Easel/showimg.html

Melodie

mrking
06-09-2007, 11:25 PM
I got mine at Opus in January but can't seem to find it on their web site. Here is a link to the one I have.

http://china-conda.en.alibaba.com/product/50152832/50805217/Easels/Multi_Angle_Studio_Easel/showimg.html

Melodie

ooooo I like that one. Looks like ti is nice and sturdy. If you don't minid me asking, what did you pay for it?

M Douglas
06-10-2007, 01:52 AM
I believe when I got it they were on sale, it was around the 250 mark, its very sturdy!

Melodie

MarieMeyer
06-10-2007, 01:47 PM
I am using the Winsor Newton Hamilton Easel, which you can get for $120 or less (US). It is very sturdy and convertable - tilts forward for pastels, lies flat for wc. This is such a common brand you should be able to find it locally.

Snowbound
06-10-2007, 06:43 PM
I got my easel, very similar to those mentioned above, from Dick Blick. It's called simply "Beechwood Convertible Easel", and it is on clearance right now for less than $80, I think because DB now has a similar one under their own label. It is similar to an Acadamy Lobo, though slightly lighter, but IT COMES ASSEMBLED! After reading the assembly instructions for the Lobo, I shyed away from it.

Main difference between the easel I got and the Winsor Newton (besides being cheaper) is that it has a shelf at the bottom like a Lobo. I find it more than adequate as a studio easel for both pastels and watercolors.

http://www.dickblick.com/zz515/71f/

Dayle Ann

mrking
06-10-2007, 06:53 PM
I got my easel, very similar to those mentioned above, from Dick Blick. It's called simply "Beechwood Convertible Easel", and it is on clearance right now for less than $80, I think because DB now has a similar one under their own label. It is similar to an Acadamy Lobo, though slightly lighter, but IT COMES ASSEMBLED! After reading the assembly instructions for the Lobo, I shyed away from it.

Main difference between the easel I got and the Winsor Newton (besides being cheaper) is that it has a shelf at the bottom like a Lobo. I find it more than adequate as a studio easel for both pastels and watercolors.

http://www.dickblick.com/zz515/71f/

Dayle Ann

That's a nice price. Thanks for the link. Sooo, many choices.

How do you find working on it. Is the easel very stable? Does it shift as you apply colour?

Thanks,

Mike