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  • Writer's pictureDale Jackson

My new plein air art easel setup (2021)

For many years, I've been using a French Box Easel for my plein air work. I haven't done a lot of plein air with it since I moved to Ohio. It is quite cumbersome to pack and unpack.

I had been searching for a number of years for some good plein air tripod setups and was about to settle down to buy the pro line easels from, and I wasn't done saving up for the more expensive easels. However, I really wanted a plein air setup fairly quickly so that I could do some painting during the Autumn months! So, I started searching again.

This time, I found the blog post by artist, Sadie Valeri, an internationally recognized classical oil painter, whom I follow. See: . Her setup was very intuitive and right within my budget.

So, I collected my list of supplies to make my own plein air easel, based on hers, and I have to say that I am extremely pleased with my purchases. This component list is the one's that she suggests on her blog, so all credit really goes to her. Please subscribe to her site at:

Here's what my new plein air setup (scroll down for the list of components)

To view a short video of my setup see my YouTube video:

Now, on to the components!

Main En Plein Air Easel Components:

iPad Clamp (panel holder for painting panels up to 9x12 inches)

In addition...

Additional Plein Air Easel Components:

Stone Bag (for weighing down easel setup during windy conditions)

Tactical-style Backpack (for painting supplies and to carry the tripod and palette box)


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