|Artists Sketching in the White Mountains, 1868, Winslow Homer|
|The easel comes within|
an inch of the ceiling
|A paintbox with legs.|
Today, I paint on a large, H-frame easel made of wood mounted on casters (small wheels). It was so tall (above, left) when I got it, I had to cut off the top so it wouldn't rub against the low ceiling of my basement studio. It's getting a little contrary in its old age, but then again, so am I. It's a far cry from its two predecessors, both aluminum tripods with telescoping legs. They inexpensively served their purpose at the time but I eventually came to hate both of them. In exploring the lives and studios of famous painters the past several years, I'm often amazed at the "contraptions" some of them have utilized in producing their work. Some seem downright ingenious, others weren't far removed from the so-called easel in my paint box lid. I wonder if their users didn't find them as impractical as I did. Some watercolorists seem to like them, but I would most charitably describe them as paintboxes with legs (right).
|Claude Monet Painting by the Edge of a Wood, 1885, John Singer Sargent,|
|Kite flying anyone?|
|A Studio in the Batignolles, 1870, Henri Fantin-Latour--Gustave Courbet at work.|
|Allegory of Painting, 1665, Jan Vermeer|
|Sir Winston Churchill's easel seems to be a modified H-frame.|
|Interior with Easel, 1926, |
|The Human Condition, 1933,|
|Grandma (Mary Robertson) Moses|
--easel? What easel?
|Jackie at her easel (around $15.00). |
The painting, priceless.
|The thousand dollar easel, an ideal gift for the artist who has everything.|