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What Kind of Easel Do You Need for Landscape Painting?

By Artfang, guest blogger

As far as easels go whatever you might decide upon make sure that it is definitely sturdy. The folding ones are a superb choice to invest your money in. An easel is not really an essential item, but these can prove very useful if you need to move around. These you can take anywhere to suit your needs.

This gives you the freedom to head out to the countryside, town squares, gardens, parks, homes, etc., wherever you like. It gives you total freedom.

At times I have utilized an old school blackboard stand as a prop for my work. Even this is better than trying to work on a flat surface. Personally I was lucky enough to pick up a second-hand easel, however that is not the best sort that can be purchased in art suppliers now. As a contemporary artist I like an easel that does not wobble!

Perhaps the best that can be acquired on the market today are the ones called “the radial”. These I think will hold a painting up to 52 inches or the equivalent in centimetres high. Most likely this is the best you can purchase for use in your home. One only needs to see one to note that they are equally strong and firm.

Even once you have an easel you will still need something at hand to put your working tools on. At some stage I used to use an old tea trolley which was useful, not only could you move it around to suit your needs, but I found that I could manage to get all my equipment on it. This saved time getting up and down for things. They are easy to pick up at car boot sales, local auctions, tip or antique shops.

A normal palette with a thumb hole is an absolute must have for your kit. Some people tend to use brown wood ones. To my mind I would always use the white trays, as with these they contrast your colours better. In fact, I find myself using glass and enamel plates or china saucers. A friend of mine, who is also a contemporary painter, just uses plain glass with white paper below it.

Surfaces to paint on can differ. Different types seem more suitable according to your various times and wants. Money does not really come in to it. Many people prepare and stretch their own canvasses. Generally you find it is better to have several canvasses at hand. Although really you can use hardboard, canvas, plywood or many other backings for your work. The point to be clarified is, you need a different assortment of sizes and shapes.

If you usually only work on one painting at a time it does not matter, from my own experience I often have about three on the go at any one time. It is very frustrating if you run out of surfaces to paint on when you are currently feeling creative.

This will hopefully give you an idea of what your requirements are. Once you have these you need to add brushes, palette knives, turps and turps substitute, drying and linseed oils plus maybe some other mediums. A household brush normally comes in handy together with the paints themselves and containers. Hope you will enjoy your creations.

This article was written by Anna Meenaghan of

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2 comments to What Kind of Easel Do You Need for Landscape Painting?

  • This was a helpful post–thanks!

  • I use an easel from time to time for plein air landscape paintings, but generally I opt for a wood panel that fits in my lap — I’m more of a sitter, than a stander. If you do use a tripod easel for painting, whether in the studio or on site, make sure that it is sturdy. One way of stabilizing it is to use a small chain, cord, shoe string — something to tie the back leg to the front two. Usually there’s a hook on the backside of the tray that no one uses. That’s where you hook/tie it. ;-)

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