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02-22-2008, 04:43 PM
I have only posted once and need time to practice navigating but I am looking for information from pastel artists on what equipment (easel, etc.) you use for plein air painting.

Deborah Secor
02-22-2008, 07:59 PM
Welcome to the Pastel forum. :wave:

I use my Anderson Swivel Easel. Lightweight, portable, easy up and down, fairly stable, holds enough pastels.

You might also ask this question over in the Plein Air (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=87)forum, if you haven't already! They might have even more advice for you.

With a little practice you'll find your way around. :D


02-22-2008, 11:08 PM
Welcome to the pastel forum!:wave:

I use an Artcomber rolling cart to place my stuff in (it even has a seat). It has large wheels that cover rough terrain well.
I use a Degas Delux Pastel box that comes with 4 portaboxes to place my pastels in. I've replaced the padding with thicker stuff so the pastels ride snuggly. I often forgoe bringing the big box and downsize to a few port-a-boxes with colors preselected for the terrain I am going to paint (it still has tons of room for a great selection). My softies (senneliers) don't like the bumpy ride too much.
I also use a aluminum camping table that folds up to place everything on.
I use a cheap tripod easel as it is lightweight. I can't go without a viewcatcher.
I carry a small fishing tackle box that I have all my tools - erasers, fingercots, colorwheel, pencil sharpening knife, tape, blending tools, a few paintbrushes (for underpainting)
I have a pencil case for all my pastel pencils.
I carry a drawing board that I have pretaped my papers onto. I carry a pad of tracing paper I place my completed works in.
I carry a backpack with my lunch and drinks, sun tan lotion...
Last but not least I wear a large floppy hat.

OOPS...I forgot...I can't leave without the kitchen sink! :lol:

Have fun!


Adriana Meiss
02-23-2008, 05:29 PM
I would add wipes to Carol's list.
Also a towel to put under the easel would be a good idea if you are working on grass: the first time I tried plein air I found two of my Ludwigs on the grass when I was putting things away (I didn't hear them falling)!

I do not recommend the Degas box for field work. I purchased one for that purpose, but I found that one of the sides is really a magnetized wooden flap that you open to put the cardboard boxes in. This flap doesn't come with a securing latch so you may end up dumping all your pastels on the ground. This box is best for the studio.

Whatever box you decide to buy, it is best to carry chunks of pastels instead of whole sticks. This minimizes weight and allows you to add more colors.
Hope this helps.

02-24-2008, 01:52 PM
Hi DancinLucy,

I use an www.allinoneeasel.com (http://www.allinoneeasel.com) made by Stephen Sauter. I love this box. It will hold all your pastels, paper and finished works. I add a tripod and backpack and am ready for anything. Here are a couple pics:


Good luck in your quest. There is a lot to choose from, and so much of it great quality.

02-24-2008, 03:53 PM
I like the metal Italian
when they break I have spare parts

tv tray and old box that some windsor and newtons came in
yesterday in an Errington wood

I use the same setup at life drawing

I backpack the box of pastels, bungy cord, plastic sack and some tape
the drawing board holds my paper and finished works
I have an old display easle for larger sizes
and a bungy cord on back of drawing board to carry on shoulder

03-03-2008, 03:36 PM
Thank you so much for all of your help.:)