View Full Version : A good setup for PA pastels?

09-04-2010, 01:34 PM
Hi all,

I haven't been here in quite a while! I did a search for my question but didn't find what I was looking for.

I am seeking an inexpensive PA setup for soft pastels. I want to do cityscapes, so it doesn't need to be as lightweight/portable as something I'd take out hiking. I am happy to build the components myself if need be. I'm mostly stumped on how to get my sticks out into the field and keep them organized and safe but still portable.

What works for you? Any links to sites that show how to build your own gear? Thanks! :)

Deborah Secor
09-04-2010, 02:08 PM
Maybe you saw these threads, but if not take a look:
(this one shows WC Lee's homemade pochade!)





09-04-2010, 03:02 PM
Libbie, do you have a camera tripod? Then all you need is either a shelf and an 'easel' bit to hold the painting plus some box for the sticks, or, build an all-in-one box and attach it to top of tripod, and use the lid of the box to hold the painting.

Check out the Plein Air forum, there are some good PA easels there, including the diy varieties.

09-04-2010, 03:23 PM
Thanks, Deborah! I don't know how I managed to miss every one of those dang threads...I guess my search-fu is weak. :)

Thank you for the advice, Colorix! I'll check the PA forum and also look into rigging up a camera tripod. I don't have one currently (used to have an awesome one...wish I'd kept it now!) but I can probably find a used one on Craigslist.


09-05-2010, 12:58 PM
Libbie, you're welcome. Here is a link to a description (http://charlie.fineartstudioonline.com/blog/22792/functional-diy-plein-air-equipment) on how I built my PA setup.

09-05-2010, 10:00 PM
Awesome! very helpful. Thanks again!