Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the most distinguished feature of EASyL ?

There are so many, but the most distinguished one, featured in part of our patent, is the side hinges for easy adjustment of both palette and easel back respectively. To quote from a professional artist's words: "I want to paint with my eyes always absolutely leveled with panel mounted on the easel, if I have to look down at the panel, then raise my head to look at the subject I paint, it never works. The panel would be better mounted vertically (unless there is sun glare I may want to lean the panel and easel back slightly forward.), EASyL easel is the only easel does the work properly".

This feature also enables the artist to choose flexible size of panels (or panoramic panel) to work on, as well as adjust the height of both panel and palette box with desired distance comfortably. Most other pochade easels have limited capability to adopt different panel/canvas size, or ability to raise the panel higher to eye level and still maintaining the palette within the comfortable height because there is no way for adjustment of distance between the panel and palette.

Q: Why should I choose EASyL over other pochade easels?

There are two types of pochade easels. One is the box type similar to the traditional French easel which can carry all art supply, the other one is to be smaller and lighter yet carries essential needs. We chose the latter.

Our decision was made in the consideration for stability. The heavier it is, when set up on top of the tripod, the higher the center of gravity will be raised, it will be prone to danger of flipping over by a sudden strong wind as well as creating challenge to the sturdiness of the setup.

Q: Why don't you make the storage area larger?

Most of artists do carry lunch box, water, brush washer, and tripod in another bag or backpack. We recommend that artist may put most supply to the bag (to break away from the traditional concept of French easel which carries all.) To not duplicate the need for space, EASyL easels are designed for the artists to still carry necessary supplies inside the easel box, Versa for example, can store ten brushes, palette knives, 37ml or 40 ml paints (up to 8 or 9), side tray, etc inside the palette box when not painting (except for the large tubes).

Q: How do you decide the depth of the palette box of your EASyL easels?

The depth of the EASyL palette box has been carefully considered for space of storage as well as enough height for unused paint. The supplied palette separator bar will help to separate the unused paint from the rest area of palette which after cleaned becomes storage compartment.

Q: How do I choose between three models of EASyLs: Lite, Pro and Versa?

We have made a comparison chart, please click the button below to see the comparison chart.

Q: How many colors do you suggest for artist to bring in plein air painting? Do I need many colors to carry in the field?

Any paint translates into weight significantly: five 37ml tube of small paints plus one 120ml titanium white can easily be 1.5LBS in weight. It is suggested to use limited palette for plein air painting. Another benefit is, it will bring color harmony to your painting.

We are pleased to quote from Mr. Kevin Macpherson's book: "Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color", page 31: "A good painting has both variety and unity. Working with a limited palette puts you at a greater advantage to create color harmony, or unity." "Achieving Harmonious Color with a Limited Palette, it would be a good idea to limit the palette (of colors), maximum of one yellow, two reds (one cool, one warm), one blue, one alternative green plus one white will be suggested. However, this is not the only way of palette, as there are a lot of other good palette choices. A good painting can be achieved its harmony by way of many other combination of palette choice through offers by the professional artists."

Q: Can EASyLs be placed on tabletop and worked as a table easel?

Yes. There are four rubber boots at the bottom of each EASyL, and the artist will be able to sit and paint from EASyL at a table or any flat surface. This is particularly convenient at the hotel during your trip to a workshop.

Q: Will the standard panel support hold the canvas or watercolor block? Why don't you make it deeper?

The standard panel support has an inclined surface to keep the canvas/water color block in place. The thickness of the holder will assure absolute non-obstruction of brush stroke from any direction.

A 3/4" panel support is an optional accessory in case the artist wants to paint on stretched canvas. It is listed in the product accessories.

Q: Can the EASyL palette be tilted and adjusted its angle? Can the easel back be adjusted its angle, too?

Yes, the EASyL palette can be easily adjusted its angle to the desire by releasing the handle of the tripod. In case of sun glare on the palette, the angle of the palette can be adjusted to get away with it.

Also, by adjusting the two side hinges, the artist can easily adjust the angle of the easel back when panel, canvas or watercolor block is mounted, to avoid the glare.

Q: Do I need a palette to use with the EASyL?

The bottom of the easel will be the palette. We recommend a glass or Plexiglas of 1/8" (with the underside primed in medium gray) to be inserted, sealed to the bottom of the palette box. In case the artist prefers to paint straight with the box without the glass/Plexiglas, use "QuickWood" wood repair epoxy putty to seal the four screw holes so that they are flush with the entire surface, then coat the surface with PU coating (like that for finishing wood floors.) or paint straight with the bottom of the box, which is already varnished ready to use. (All mentioned supplies are obtainable from any home center shop.)

Q: Can my gator foam boards be stored in the wet panel storage space in the Pro and VERSA EASyLs?

Yes, the wet panel storage space in the back of the EASyL can store either 1/8", 1/4" panel or the gator foam board (3/16"), two panels to your choice of size from 6X8, 8x10, 9x12, 10x12, 11x14, 12x16,. No other easels offer this feature in the market.

Q: What size of wet panels can the EASyL-Lite carry?

EASyL-Lite can accommodate the size of 8x10, 9x12 or 12x16 panel at the thickness of 1/8". By placing the panels with painted surface facing inward, turning the top panel holding clips backward, you will protect the wet panels from sliding out or damage.

Q: What size of wet panels can the EASyL-Pro carry?

EASyL-Pro can carry two panels with thickness from 1/8" to 1/4 " (including gator foam panels), sizes to choose from: 6X8. 8X10. 9X12 or 11X14 inches.

Q: What size of wet panels can the EASyL-Versa carry?

EASyL-Versa has a flexible wet panel carrying capability, it carriers two panels in the thickness between 1/8" to 1/4" (including gator foam panels) any size to choose from: 8x10, 9x12, 10x12, 11x14, 12x16 or four panels of 6x8. Again, by facing the panels inside, turn the top panel holding clips backward, you will protect the wet panels from sliding out or damage.

You will not need another box to carry the wet panels during a day's work.

Q: What size of panel/canvas can I paint on the EASyL-Lite?

EASyL-Lite can accommodate to paint panel/canvas from 4x6 to 16" high of pane/canvas, and there is no width restriction, especially ideal for painting a panoramic view. No other small pochade box has this capacity so far in the market.

Q. Where do I hold the towel?

A bungee cord hooks to both side of the palette will serve as your towel holder.

Q. Can the artist reuse the paint left in the palette for other painting location or other time?

Yes, the palette box is designed that the paint can be left inside the box and be kept moist for a few days. The supplied separator bar will help to store the unused paint and by use of the palette divider, the rest space can turn into storage area for brushes and paints.

Q: What do I have for carrying more than two wet panels or gator foam boards for a workshop I will attend?

We do make several sizes of wet panel carriers, they are considered the lightest and most functional in the market, WPC-1216G for example, you can put two difference sizes at the same time. Here is the web link:

http://www.artworkessentials.com/products/ezport/index.htm

For details, please refer to each webpage.

Q: Why don't you make the wet panel carriers even lighter, say from plastic or cardboard?

Plastic or cardboard carriers are good for its lightweight. However, they are easy to be smashed during transport, and paintings can be damaged. We therefore chose an extreme lightweight wood but with the very close density and hardness as that of the wood to make the larger wet panel carriers, and beech wood for the smaller ones. No other carriers provide the versatility for choice of panels with multiple sizes to fit into one box at the same time, or convert the box to your size of panels but ours.

Q: Do you have a beginner's plein air painting set?

Not at this moment. We recommend this to the beginners:

1. EASyL- choose the model to suit you best.
2. Colors: red (permanent alizarim or transparent oxide red), yellow (cad yellow light or lemon), blue (ultramarine) and white (Titanium)
3. Brushes: get the best brushes possible. (we do carry them, get filbert and flat two each of size 4, 6, & 8).
4. Palette Knife: one for color mixing, one for painting
5. Panels with 1/8" either canvas or gator boards preferably with linen surface.
6. Gamsol: the less poisonous solution,
7. Book: Please refer to Recommended Reading.

Q: What about umbrella possibly to mount on EASyLs?

We have successfully developed a new lightweight umbrella for plein air artists, which has a C-clamp to clamp on the tripod leg, with a ball joint for change of position, and a venting umbrella with UV silver coating outside and black inside. You may find the umbrella here http://www.artworkessentials.com/products/UMK-45/UMK45.htm.

Q. How do I carry the EASyL?

The artist can carry the EASyL along with other supplies in a backpack or a rolling carry bag. You may buy a backpack from a sport store. Bring your EASyL box to the shop to get a backpack which large enough to fit the box plus other art supplies. Our Carry-On Bag will be able to carry EASyL-Lite and all your other supply well.

Q. What make is your tripod? What is the maximum overall height of the tripod? Can I use the tripod in rocky hill with uneven surface?

Our tripod is a heavy duty professional grade, made by a factory who makes tripods under famous OEM names. The tripod is only 3LBS 10OZ, by far the lightest weight in the market. The tripod was designed by us with the two way pan-head and an extra large quick release plate, also a spare quick release plate is supplied. The maximum loading capacity is 12 lbs.
The maximum height is 54" from ground to the top of pan-head including the extended center column. The tripod legs can be adjusted individually in three positions. Put the EASyL easel on the top, the setup is good for a person at 6'2" tall to use, still he can see the panel in eye level. Since the three legs can be adjusted individually, artist can adjust each leg span and length to suit the uneven ground surface, or rocky hill.

Q. I already own a good tripod, can I purchase EASyL without tripod?

Yes, if you own a tripod which is a professional one, capable of loading up to 12 lbs and is sturdy enough to stand on any weather condition, plus not wobbly legs, good size of metal quick release plate, it should do the work properly. Note a tripod head and a quick release plate made of plastic will not work. You can contact us via email or phone to purchase EASyL without tripod

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