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View Poll Results: What Plein Air Equipment do you use?
Soltek System 17 4.09%
Gorilla 48 11.54%
Alla Prima 38 9.13%
Coulter Plein Air Syster 5 1.20%
Sun Eden Plein Air System 3 0.72%
Open Box M 31 7.45%
Billups Box 0 0%
Easy L 30 7.21%
Julian Easel 39 9.38%
French Easel (Julian imitation) 48 11.54%
Other Pochade Box (purchased) 35 8.41%
Other Pocade Box (home made) 65 15.63%
Other 57 13.70%
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:42 AM
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Plein Air Equipment

The better equipped you are for plein air. Better meaning light weight easy set up and affordable equipment, the more enjoyable your time in the field. After all you are already fighting wind, chasing light , dealing with several other battles just to get the color, values and depth you want on your canvas. You equipment should not also be a part of that battle.
1. So how do you choose the best equipment?
2. What are you currently using and why?
3. If money were not an issue which system would you use?

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Old 07-24-2010, 12:34 PM
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Hi spellbinder --

Just thought I'd point out that Judson's sells guerilla boxes, not gorilla ones.
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Old 07-24-2010, 03:15 PM
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

so I guess no one sells the gorilla ones, shoot. I guess I best fix that
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:38 PM
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

Since I began plein air painting, I've tried the french easel, then a pochade box (not a known brand) and I'm now happy with my Alla Prima Bitteroot.
French easel was too heavy, too big. The other pochade box was not stable and too heavy also.
So for the very same reasons you describe in the initial post, (enough battles already!) I put my hand on my pocket and got the Bitteroot. Ifigured out that I should have done that in the first place, instead of trying to save in buying cheaper stuff....

Not sure if it's a coincidence... but my PA paintings got better just after I began to use it!!!!! I feel as confortable as in my studio, and it's light enough for my needs. If I would want to venture in more remote locations, and could not use my wheeled chariot, I would go for a smaller size. But nothing else than an Alla Prima!

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Re: Plein Air Equipment

And RayMar makes panel carriers, not Raymart.
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

Unfortunately, the poll has been started without allowing us multiple choices, so those of us who use several different systems are unable to vote. I tried to edit the poll to change that for you, but the software won't allow that particular change. If you'd like, I can close the poll for you and you can start another which would allow multiple selections, or you can just let it run as is, and those who use just one setup or want to choose just one can vote.

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Yes, you need to allow multiple choices... I'd check-off 5 myself.
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

Can't vote, I use different ones, but I can tell you, I use Guerilla boxes, thumb and 9x12, home made pochades, one wood, one notebook type, I have half and full french easels which I use less often.

Currently using a Guerilla because I can put everything in one box, no accessories, I keep it simple, only do 9x12 right now, six colors, two brushes,

Money is no object but I am sort of a cheapskate, though I can get any type made I refuse to pay more than I have already, but you can see I have more than anyone has a right to use so I am cool.

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LOL, Sid, you are SO COOL!

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I want to be cool like Sid!
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

No, I am a geek, what I meant was I don't want to spend 4 hundred on a Soltek or something, so I am "cool" like I have more than I need,
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Old 07-28-2010, 12:48 PM
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

I am enjoying this thread. My question is, shouldn't an outdoor easel be set up with some sort of a shade umbrella? I read in another thread that you need to keep your painting shaded from the sun for more acurate values/colors. Does anyone know of an easel that comes with an umbrella?
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

I also have a few different ones. Oh, Canadians don't vote.
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

I only have the one box Sid. I would like to expand my collection, but simply haven't found a way to justify it! LOL

My inner voice --> More pochade boxes will make me a better painter.

Outer reasonable voice --> Are you out of your mind?
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Re: Plein Air Equipment

1. So how do you choose the best equipment?
I have a few different setups and I've been choosing which to use based on medium, location, weather and season, WIND, and size of the painting I want to do. Unfortunately I'm rarely more than a 10-15 minute walk from my car so weight isn't typically a factor unless I'm riding my bike. And even then it's mostly just an issue of which setup allows me to carry the wet painting inside of it so it's protected in my backpack.

2. What are you currently using and why?
Mostly I use a half box. It's not perfect but I love it. My mistress allows for a nice big mixing area or it can hold my Stay-wet palette nicely. That's usually for acrylics. But currently I'm just using a plain old field easel. I carry my paints in a cheapo little wooden paint box I got at AC Moore with a 50% off coupon and I dance around my easel holding the palette and a rag in my left hand. I'm using it because it's simple, it works, it's convenient, it does exactly what I'm needing right now, and I'm currently using oils. With oils I don't use medium or solvent so this setup is the most convenient for me working that way.

3. If money were not an issue which system would you use?
I've never seen a Soltek in person. I'd love to see someone using it and maybe even try it to see if it's worth the money. I'm anxious to see the new model. But all of my boxes and easels combined didn't cost as much as a Soltek.
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