WetCanvas
Home Member Services Content Areas Tools Info Center WC Partners Shop Help
Channels:
Search for:
in:

Welcome to the WetCanvas forums. You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions, articles and access our other FREE features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload your own photos and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please visit our help center.

Go Back   WetCanvas > The Learning Center > Studio Tips and Framing
User Name
Password
Register Mark Forums Read

Salute to our Partners
WC! Sponsors

View Poll Results: What type of easel do you use?
$1,000 plus - Hughes, Sanyi, Best 4 6.78%
$500 plus - high end, but not luxury or custom 5 8.47%
French easel - mostly for plein air painting 3 5.08%
$100 to $500 - average easel that can be found at most art supply stores 40 67.80%
Drafting table 7 11.86%
Voters: 59. You may not vote on this poll

Our Sponsors
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1   Report Bad Post  
Old 10-07-2010, 01:42 PM
ahealey ahealey is offline
Member
Portland, Oregon
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 64
 
Hails from United States
What type of easel do you use, if any?

Hi, I am wondering what types of easels people are using and if you think it makes a difference. In other words, if you have a great easel that is expensive, does it make painting easier, or have you not noticed a difference?
Reply With Quote
  #2   Report Bad Post  
Old 10-10-2010, 12:21 PM
La_'s Avatar
La_ La_ is offline
A WC! Legend
Alberta, where coyotes look both ways before crossing the highway
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 16,561
 
Hails from Canada
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

my most used easel is the one my dad built for me when i was about 12 ... standard solid wooden floor model three legged thing with adjustable ledge. it's light, it's adjustable, it's solid, works great. have since made three others like it and use them the most too. (always have more than one painting on the go).

2nd in line is the wooden table top versions, kind of square tripods (20$ from a friend of mine that runs a pawn shop).

3rd in line is the metal (aluminum?) collapsable tripod table top (20-30$) - it has a lip on the ledge that gets in the way of painting the bottom edge of the board/canvas so i don't prefer it.

4th in line are the old 'arts society owned' wooden tripod style easels that are convertible to table top easels ... they're flimsy and wiggly and are used more now for drying racks than anything else.

I do also have two fancy, heavy, 'display' easels (purchased 2nd hand, cheap with a bunch of other stuff, but new they're more like $300 - $5000) but both have a bottom support wiggle, both have upper and lower canvas supports that Must be used/adjusted every time you switch canvases and are completely annoying to work on/with so they too are glorified drying racks or used for display only.

also have a monster drafting table (300+ pounds of old school technology) that i got third hand for 25$ and do use it for 36x48" + works or charcoals and the like. think that one cost me more in beer for the grunts who hauled it upstairs to my studio for me!

imho, you Don't have to spend a lot to get a decent easel, at all. you do, however, need to go beyond dollar store and other box stores to get decent paint/canvas and brushes so my priority is that by far over fancy dancy easels.

la
__________________
_____________________________________________
Pacis, der Frieden, Mir, Shanti, Friour, Paz, Pace, Kapayapaan, Fred, Piersica, Taika, Aman, Beke, Miers, Shalom, Salam السلام, Heping, Mir (Мир),Paix,Ειρήνη,Udo
http://yourstrulyart.blogspot.ca Peace - When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace
Latin, German, Serbian, Bengali, Icelandic, Brazilian, Italian, Filipino, Swedish, Romanian, Lithuanian, Hindi/Urdu, Hungarian, Latvian, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, French,Greek,Igbo(Nigeria)
Reply With Quote
  #3   Report Bad Post  
Old 10-17-2010, 06:14 PM
wabbitt's Avatar
wabbitt wabbitt is offline
Immortalized
California
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 4,784
 
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

I have several easels, I inherited three from my Mom: an aluminum tabletop easel, a lightweight wooden easel that I'm holding together with picture frame wire, and a heavy duty H-frame. No idea to their cost, it was free to me. The H-frame is 60-80 years old.

But I am not a stand-up painter, especially since making the decision to paint smaller (11x14 or smaller). So the big easels are simply displaying a couple of my biggest canvas paintings. I use my plein aire easel. currently under my bed, (when I choose to bring it) from a portable seat.

My self-designed, self-made art table is currently getting all the use, especially as long as I keep the drawing board tilted so that stuff doesn't accumulate on top. I call it an art table because it is designed to suit my needs for art supply storage and creation, but I checked drafting table on your poll.
__________________
Julie >:3 (Sketch/Art Blog, Personal Blog )
Wetcanvas has a Chinese Brush Painting thread and an Asian Brush Project

"Practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect." Ed Parker, Sr.

Last edited by wabbitt : 10-17-2010 at 06:17 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4   Report Bad Post  
Old 10-17-2010, 07:04 PM
Aires Aires is offline
Lord of the Arts
S.E. Missouri
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 2,963
 
Hails from United States
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

I think a lot depends on the type of painting you plan to do; plein aire is certainly going to require something light for carrying but tough enough to withstand constant use; the polar opposite would be someone who must sit and paint and needs something that is sturdy and easily adjustable. I started out with a number of easels - aluminum tripod that was easy to carry with me, table easels, heavy clumsy easel and finally my favorite for retirement years is my H-frame. I paint seated in a rolling padded chair, my easel is adjusted to the right height, it never wobbles or moves on me, and everything else I need is in wheeled drawers and easily reached. So I feel it is highly variable, depending on style of painting, studio painting or out in nature, etc. Good luck in finding the easel that best fits your style of painting and your needs.
Reply With Quote
  #5   Report Bad Post  
Old 10-17-2010, 11:42 PM
Ramie Leigh's Avatar
Ramie Leigh Ramie Leigh is offline
Senior Member
Tennessee
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 284
 
Hails from United States
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

I've got 3 + 1 (you'll see.. ) at the moment; a french easel that's OMG heavy. Portable? Really, now? And it takes up such an obnoxious amount of room with it's legs out! Spraaaawwwll.. I haven't used it much in ages.

The other two are both pretty cheap H-frame or modified H-frame easels; both were in the $100 range, one from Dick Blick, one from Hobby Lobby, and frankly? I hate them. Both of them have the same vice, ALL of the adjustment points are 'friction' based, you're turning a screw or handle to clamp wood against wood, and it WILL slip at the worst moment.

Here's the second one, from Dick Blick. The only reason I didn't set this easel on fire is that I was moving and didn't have time. Inevitably I'd be painting, and it would slip at the WORST moment; the bottom section would drop down, thus the painting wasn't supported at the top anymore, and Lo I have a wet painting heading for my face. So, I'm juggling a loaded paintbrush in one hand, a sopping sponge in the other, and the painting is headed for... my .....face. How I hate that thing. To this day I wish I'd returned it, it wasn't cheap!

I got so mad at that easel that I stormed off to Hobby Lobby and bought this one. It's MUCH better than the other - actually, y'know, usable - but it's still frustrating to adjust. The adjustment screws will grab when you don't want them to.. then slip... Augh! It takes a rather exasperating amount of wiggle-wiggle-wiggle to get everything just right. Forget about using it horizontally - it is too much of a PITA to jam it tight enough to support the canvas securely.

So what do I use to paint flat? A tray table from Wal-mart. Cost about $20. It's the perfect height for me to work on the painting while sitting in my rolling chair. It's large enough that a 30" x 40" canvas isn't tippy at all. I just turn the canvas about to work on different sections. I absolutely love it. :lol I lucked out that the canvases I'm using have a full cross-shaped brace in the back instead of corner bracing - obviously, this would be a no-go with a corner-braced canvas.

All that being said, I can't tell you what to buy. Paint for awhile first, then decide. Choose based on how you like to work: I like to work flat. Mostly. I'd use an easel more if it was less annoying! Even if I had $5000 to spend, right at this very second, I don't know what easel I'd buy. I can promise you, though, that it would have a mechanical-lock type of adjustment to the height! Friction-adjust is really only suitable for french easels / easels meant to hold paintings of about 20" and under. Just not reliable for large canvases.. and criminy, 30" x 40" isn't THAT big! Supposedly that stupid easel from DB will hold an 84" canvas - not on your life.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #6   Report Bad Post  
Old 10-20-2010, 09:52 PM
old_hobbyist old_hobbyist is offline
A WetCanvas! Patron Saint
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3,182
 
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

I would've voted on your poll, but there's no place for "none of the above". I have five easels (or things that I call easels).

The one I use the most is a cheap eBay easel designed to be used on a desk or table top. It rests atop my workbench in my garage. I am restricted to pics no taller than 20 inches because a taller canvas would hit the fluorescent workbench light.

The easel I use for the Thurs night workshop is also a cheap eBay tabletop one that I've modified to stand 6 inches above the standard work table. I usually restrict my workshop paintings to 12 x 16 inches.

I use a standard camera tripod for plein air. When I'm going to work relatively close to my transportation, I use yet a third cheap eBay easel. I fastened a metal plate on the bottom, with a 1/4-20 drilled and tapped hole to accommodate the threaded bolt on the tripod. If I'm traveling a great distance into the woods or am taking my art stuff on a plane, I replace the eBay easel with a 24 inch piece of 1 x 3 inch wood. I have inserted a thing called a hanger bolt (try Ace hardware). One end of the bolt is a wood screw the other end is a threaded 1/4-20 insert that accommodates the tripod bolt. I have drilled holes in the wood every inch along its length and have inserted metal bolts with wing nuts. I only use canvas panels. I insert the canvas panel between the bolts. This works great particularly in a wind.

Some time ago, I needed to do a really big painting. None of these easels would work. So I created an easel from a wooden ladder that I salvaged from a dump. I added casters to the front legs so that I can easily move it around my workshop. I have added a tray and a set of braces that hold the painting at a proper angle. The tray and braces are moveable, allowing me to paint very large pics without needing to kneel or stand on a stepstool. I demonstrated the conversion of this ladder on an early thread.



In short, no one easel serves all purposes for me.

Last edited by old_hobbyist : 10-20-2010 at 10:01 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #7   Report Bad Post  
Old 10-22-2010, 08:16 AM
sharg sharg is offline
New Member
Sarasota, Florida
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 7
 
Hails from United States
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

I use a metal, folding, tripod-type easel. It is light enough to take outside for plein air painting. It can be moved easily when I'm cleaning the studio. I gave away my big, heavy wooden easel years ago.
__________________
Sharon Guy
http://sharonguy.blogspot.com
Reply With Quote
  #8   Report Bad Post  
Old 10-30-2010, 12:02 PM
TGRANT TGRANT is offline
Senior Member
Pittsburgh PA (Suburbs)
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 210
 
Hails from United States
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

I built my own easel for oils and pastels. Its essentially a single post with several movable crossbars and places to clip reference sketches. The advantage was that I designed it for my personal style and rather cramped space I use for painting. Since Im a woodworker, I was able to use wood left over from other projects so the cost was minimal.
Reply With Quote
  #9   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-05-2010, 08:53 PM
Lucio76's Avatar
Lucio76 Lucio76 is offline
Senior Member
Parma
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 163
 
Hails from Italy
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

I use this but I am not satisfied because when I have to paint a large horizontal format, every time I work on the sides, everything starts to "dance".
I will buy a "studio easel", larger as possible.
Attached Images
 
__________________
My site PaintingTube
Reply With Quote
  #10   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-06-2010, 01:25 PM
JamieWG's Avatar
JamieWG JamieWG is offline
A WC! Legend
New York's Hudson Valley
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 24,936
 
Hails from United States
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

I wish we could choose more than one!

In my dreams, I use a Hughes 3000. In reality, I don't have the ceiling height for it. In the studio, when sitting I use an ArtQuest desk (center section lifts to become an easel), a Van Gogh table easel, or Guerrilla Painter pochade box on a tabletop. When standing, I use a H frame easel.

For plein air work, when standing I use a Soltek, French easel (for pastels only) or Beauport. When sitting, I use a Guerrilla box or foamcore pochade box (if hiking to location).

Jamie

Jamie
__________________
My Blog/Website/Paintings/Demos/Studio Tours/Paintmaking/Pochade Boxes
If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.
Reply With Quote
  #11   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-06-2010, 10:50 PM
Use Her Name's Avatar
Use Her Name Use Her Name is offline
A WetCanvas! Patron Saint
La tierra del encanto
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 3,610
 
Hails from United States
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

Old 2X4's nailed together. I never even knew you could buy an easel for over 1000 dollars. Seriously? You can? I have a 60$ hobby lobby foldable floor easel, very nice. Top of the line. I also have a little table top 18 dollar easel. I also have a drafting table (an antique that was going to be thrown out-- zero dollars.) It's not the easel, it is the art. I used to paint on an old ladder back chair. They make great easels.
__________________
Katy
Making art since 1973-ish
Blog under reconstruction

Last edited by Use Her Name : 11-06-2010 at 10:58 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #12   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-06-2010, 11:45 PM
artyczar
 
Posts: n/a
 
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

i use a few. i have "old trusty" which is a medium size mabef, probably 15 years old now. then i have a couple of little pablos, which are small but damn good little sturdy easels that are like mini mabefs. and i have a sanyi on the way (arriving monday!) that is to replace my david sorg (which i loved, but it would not fit under my garage roof when i moved back home from my pro-studio.)

so i bought the sanyi pro4 and i'll let everyone know what i think about it when i get to work with it. i'm really excited that it has a crank on it that lays the easel totally linear flat. woo!

i also use a drafting table - a pretty basic one. not the super cheap one, but not the super fancy one either. and i have an additional drawing desk as well that is not adjustable. just flat.

oh! i also have a table top easel that i rarely use. it's so pretty, i don't want to mess it up. great for displaying small stuff though - and it has that hand drawer too

Last edited by artyczar : 11-06-2010 at 11:49 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #13   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-15-2010, 09:38 PM
Prismaguy's Avatar
Prismaguy Prismaguy is offline
Senior Member
Wilmington, NC
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 128
 
Hails from United States
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

I use Cheap Joe's mighty h-frame. Bought it about three years ago and no regrets. The design is about as close to perfect as an easel can get IMO. I don't see myself buying another one for a long time-hope i'm not jinxing myself here! I agree its not about the easel-its about the art. I shake my head when I see a $3000 dollar Hughes with a 12x16 painting on it. The only reason to have an easel like that is if you work REALLY big.
Greg
Reply With Quote
  #14   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-16-2010, 06:53 PM
pigskins pigskins is offline
New Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 6
 
Hails from Ireland
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

A small metal sketching easel, but I work small and often on a small desk/table. I'd use my husbands easels if I needed a big one though.
Reply With Quote
  #15   Report Bad Post  
Old 11-19-2010, 08:38 PM
Lowyatar's Avatar
Lowyatar Lowyatar is offline
New Member
Southeastern Washington State
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 7
 
Hails from United States
Re: What type of easel do you use, if any?

I have to set when I work and I find that most easels are not comfortable for me to use. I use the little table top ones I bought for $10.00 at Michaels (I know not the best store) for drying or to hold unfinished work. My father made me this big drafting table out of scrap plywood with wheels and a bracing board at the bottom that I set my feet on. I have found this homemade drafting table is the best to work on.
__________________
Lowyatar
"I know I am an acquired taste. I'm anchovies. And not everyone wants those hairy little things. If I was potato chips, I could go more places." ~ Tori Amos
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:14 AM.


2014 F+W All rights reserved.