Artists easels are an important piece of equipment if you take your painting seriously.
Many people happily get away with a spare piece of board resting on the kitchen table.
However, this has its limitations. You've constantly got to move everything (including the board) if you want to use the table for other things - like preparing food - and this is frustrating if you're in the middle of a painting that's going well. It can affect your painting technique as well.
As you progress, you'll find that you need to stand back constantly to look at your picture and see how it's developing.
This is difficult if it's lying almost flat on a board on the table...
You need to look at it from its normal viewing distance to identify problems and assess solutions.
Sure, you can prop it up each time you want to look at it, but this gets fiddly.
It may be that you have a back problem that prevents you leaning over your painting for long periods - or you may develop one if you do!
If you have a mobility problem - certainly if you use a wheelchair - this simply isn't an option.
If you move into bigger work and especially on art canvas panels, standing or sitting at a canvas that you can adjust in a moment from almost flat to vertical and back and all angles in between, is an absolute necessity and a pleasure as well.
And hopefully when, rather than if, you work outdoors, you really need to consider buying a portable artists easel.
Which leads nicely into how I've split up the easels articles into manageable chunks of advice...
The initial decision you need to make is whether you want an indoor or outdoor easel. Maybe you want both!
We'll look at the main things you need to consider when selecting an outdoor artists easel and the options available.
This looks at the most popular, the Mast, the A-Frame, the H-Frame and some other designs and describes the pros and cons of each.
Table & Desk-Top Easels
This looks at the wide number of options for this very popular type of easel with tips on features that you should look out for.
Easels and Art Tables for Wheelchair Access
The position of supporting legs on many free-standing artists easels can make it difficult to get close access with a wheelchair. Here, we'll look at some possible solutions. However, do look at the other Easels articles as well to see if something might work for you that I may have overlooked.
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