Yes, this is something Marlene has demo'ed at a couple of conferences at least; it was developed by a Chicago artist, John Dioszegi (no longer living). It involves a tripod, a piece of gator board and a universal joint. You can paint and edge the gator board in order to keep it from getting damaged. I concur that it works great!

I have never tried to use a french easel or even seen one set up. (I do have to concur that the only one I have ever seen is not a light object).

-Clara



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On Jun 25, 2013, at 11:51 AM, Jennifer Landin <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Every French easel I've ever seen (or used) has been so ridiculously heavy that it ends up collecting dust and cobwebs. The coolest think I've seen has been an adapted camera tripod (very light) with attachments. All are carried in a backpack so transport is easy.
The artist who used this got pieces from Judson's Art Outfitters and built something to fit her needs. But Judson's also offer Pochade boxes. I think some come with carrying cases (like a laptop case).
Jennifer

On Tue, Jun 25, 2013 at 11:09 AM, Linda Feltner <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi All:
Someone wrote to me and I thought others might have an opinion.

Linda, 
I am looking for an easel for outdoor painting.  Would love to know what you use?  And what do you think about this one?  
http://www.pleinairco.com/servlet/the-1301/Art-Easel-French-Artist/Detail

OR does anyone have a french easel for sale, perhaps?
OR what do others use?



Thanks,
Linda

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