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View Poll Results: Which do you prefer the French easel or the Pochade Box?
French Easel or 1/2 box 131 25.99%
Pochade Box 227 45.04%
Not familiar enough with both 146 28.97%
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Old 09-25-2005, 12:16 AM
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French Easel vs. Pochade Box

I have a french easel and I have been thinking about selling it and getting a Pochade Box. The EasyL Versa.
What are the pros and cons to the Pochade Box?
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Re: French Easel vs. Pochade Box

I have a french easel, an aluminum tripod easel and a small homemade pochade box. Having tried all 3 with my pastels, I vote pochade. It is just so easy to open up the box and start painting. I love it!
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Re: French Easel vs. Pochade Box

What about the soltek? Not enough people using it to make it a choice? I love mine. I have had to send it back for the legs one time since I've had it - I bought it for $200 at an art society sale. It was in pristine condition- maybe used once by a watercolor artist? Now, it looks VERY well used indeed!
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Re: French Easel vs. Pochade Box

IMO, for painting large, there is nothing better than a French easel. It's like having my studio there with me. I use that almost all the time. If I'm going smaller than 11x14, I can use my pochade box instead. I use the box most toward the end of the day when I'm getting tired. I also have an aluminum, lightweight easel for treks that don't permit me to lug the French. I'm not convinced that there's a single solution for me. I think I need all three. The legs constantly breaking o the Soltek would drive me batty, so until they fix that problem, that's not the easel for me.

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Re: French Easel vs. Pochade Box

Jamie, which pochade box do you have?
My thinking is I don't like to carry the french easel much and it doesn't fit in normal backpack and it gets heavy if you carry it a distance, and I found this box they claimed to hold larger paintings, but I need to find out how well it works.
This is the one I am looking at:
EasyL Versa Pochade Box
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Re: French Easel vs. Pochade Box

I have two different easels; one a flat piece of birch with a 1/2 inch lip at the bottom, and the other is an EasyL Versa pochade box. Both mount on a tripod, and each one serves it's own purpose. I've stopped using my panel and now only use my EasyL Versa because of it's versitility when using w/s oils and watercolors; and that it holds a couple of wet panels.
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Re: French Easel vs. Pochade Box

Although I primarily use my Open Box M easel, I do use my Jullian Easel now and then along with French Companion fold-out palette which gives me a lot of working space. As long as I don't have to walk too far, the Jullian is wonderful.

I find the Open Box M to be incredibly lightweight and compact. I can fit everything I need into a hiking backpack.
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Re: French Easel vs. Pochade Box

Tom, thanks for your help. Is Versa sturdy enough to hold larger panels as they claim?
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Jamie, which pochade box do you have?
My thinking is I don't like to carry the french easel much and it doesn't fit in normal backpack and it gets heavy if you carry it a distance, and I found this box they claimed to hold larger paintings, but I need to find out how well it works.
This is the one I am looking at:
EasyL Versa Pochade Box

Tracy, I strap my french easel to a luggage rack that I got at Staples which has large wheels. I just wheel it everywhere. It's so easy. Because the wheels are large, it can navigate most of the terrain in the places I paint. I can paint 24x36 on it easily. However, if I'm going to have to climb, I bring the Weber Integra instead.

My box was made by Loretta Louviere. She's not making them anymore. For me, the most critical thing in a pochade box was that it be very compact and lightweight. I only work small on it (up to about 11x14, though I've done 8x16 on it as well).

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Re: French Easel vs. Pochade Box

Hi Guys, I also have both. If I know what I am going to paint and the walk is not far it's the Jullian everytime. What I like the best is all the stuff you can pile on top of it. With a pochade box all your junk has to go on the ground. Jamie, I managed to get one of Lorreta,s last boxes, love it,beautifully made box.

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Re: French Easel vs. Pochade Box

In my opinion, not only will the Versa hold larger panels, but canvases as well. It has almost no limit to the width which makes it wonderful for landscape configurations. If one was handy with tools, one could paint as large as you could make the T bar, which is easily removed and replaced. How big were you thinking en plein air?
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Re: French Easel vs. Pochade Box

I had to vote pochade box, because its the work horse for much of what I have been doing the past 1-1/2 years or so...thing is though, its not one or the other.

I have the El Greco Trident mahogany half-box...which is a bit of a pain carrying in-country for 1-2 miles....but, for painting on supports 16X20 or larger....there's nuthin' better! I'd take that hands down.

Convenience, setting up speed and tearing down, storing in a backpack for hiking...the pochade box rules.

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Re: French Easel vs. Pochade Box

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IMO, for painting large, there is nothing better than a French easel. It's like having my studio there with me. I use that almost all the time. If I'm going smaller than 11x14, I can use my pochade box instead. I use the box most toward the end of the day when I'm getting tired. I also have an aluminum, lightweight easel for treks that don't permit me to lug the French. I'm not convinced that there's a single solution for me. I think I need all three. The legs constantly breaking o the Soltek would drive me batty, so until they fix that problem, that's not the easel for me.

Jamie

I also have a French easel and an Integra for the same reasons. I didn't use the Jullian even once last year, as the Integra was so convenient.

A strange thing happened. Since getting the French companion, I LOVE the Jullian again!
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In my opinion, not only will the Versa hold larger panels, but canvases as well. It has almost no limit to the width which makes it wonderful for landscape configurations. If one was handy with tools, one could paint as large as you could make the T bar, which is easily removed and replaced. How big were you thinking en plein air?

Right now I haven't gone bigger than 12x16 for plein air, but I want to go bigger once I get faster and more adapted to plein air, and sometimes a more panoramic size. I generally like to paint bigger.
I also do some figure life painting with a group, there I have been using a 14"x18" vertical. Parking is not good where we go either so dragging the french easel is a pain.
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Tracy,
From what youv'e mentioned, I'd say that the EasyL Versa would be just what the doctor ordered.
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