Q: Is the EASyL pochade box an enclosed box?
The EASyL pochade box is an enclosed box. However, the built-in wet panel carrier on top of the lid is an open-top design, which might give the first-time user an illusion that the box is not totally enclosed.
We design the wet panel carrier on the box this way because we want to reduce the overall weight of the box by removing the top cover of the wet panel carrier. Since the design is aimed to provide the painter an convenient way to carry the wet panel from site to the car without the need to carry an extra wet panel carrier box. Most likely, A painter will finish no more than two working pieces in a day painting session is very common, therefore the wet built-in wet panel carrier is the best way to reduce the burden of carrying too many gears when going out for painting.
Q: Why do you have the hinges protruded outside of the box. Is there a reason for that?
The protruded hinges, in fact, has many advantages over other designs of pochade boxes.
- The two patented side hinges is an innovation design, providing very strong holding force to the lid, hence to enhance the stability of the box when painting. When one pushes the
brush strokes to the canvas, the lid must be held firmly in place against the
force applying to it. All other boxes in the market using butt hinges can never have such holding capability. Nor a friction can compare with ours in function, an experienced
painter when applying much force, can really appreciate this design especially painting
a slightly larger canvas, but the butt (friction) hinges can never accommodate this.
- Thanks to the knobs on the hinges, painter can adjust the tilting angle of the canvas instantly. No need to adjust any bolts and nuts on lever arms.
- The invisible axles between two hinges (right and left) is the rotation pivot of the lid
relating to the bottom of the box (palette). This way we don't need a pair of hinges to
connect the two parts of the box. Hence to reduce the weight of the box.
- This uniquely designed hinges by EASyL, beautifully made of solid brass and stainless
steel, provides superior quality and rust resistance, last for many years. No other pochade
box made such high quality parts like ours, not even closer.
Q: Is a pochade box made of wood better than metal?
Metal material stands endurable over time of use; however, they have many disadvantages:
Metal pochade boxes definitely weigh much much heavier than wooden easels, it goes without
saying. Therefore if the same size box shows weight lighter than a wooden pochade box, it
is just too good to be true.
Most artists would love things with beauty. We insist on making wooden pochade boxes instead of metal material. Wooden has the beauty of grains, vintage feelings,shows the warm feeling
of material. As a maker, we strive to make the box as things pleasing to eyes, more ergonomic design over metal obviously and create easels esthetically. While
designing an easel box can be considered crafting a piece of art, not just a metal box.
In addition, wooden pochade box will not give you chill while painting in sever cold
icy weather if you may need to, you will certainly not like to touch a metal box getting
too cold to touch while painting.
What is the most distinguished feature of EASyL ?
are so many, but the most distinguished one, featured
in part of our patent, is the side hinges for easy adjustment
of both palette and easel back respectively. To quote
from a professional artist's words: "I
want to paint with my eyes always absolutely leveled
with panel mounted on the easel, if I have to look down
at the panel, then raise my head to look at the subject
I paint, it never works. The panel would be better mounted
vertically (unless there is sun glare I may want to
lean the panel and easel back slightly forward.), EASyL
easel is the only easel does the work properly".
feature also enables the artist to choose flexible size
of panels (or panoramic panel) to work on, as well as
adjust the height of both panel and palette box with
desired distance comfortably. Most other pochade easels
have limited capability to adopt different panel/canvas
size, or ability to raise the panel higher to eye level
and still maintaining the palette within the comfortable
height because there is no way for adjustment of distance
between the panel and palette.
Why should I choose EASyL over other pochade easels?
are two types of pochade easels. One is the box type
similar to the traditional French easel which can carry
all art supply, the other one is to be smaller and lighter
yet carries essential needs. We chose the latter.
Our decision was made in the consideration for stability.
The heavier it is, when set up on top of the tripod,
the higher the center of gravity will be raised, it
will be prone to danger of flipping over by a sudden
strong wind as well as creating challenge to the sturdiness
of the setup.
Why don't you make the storage area larger?
of artists do carry lunch box, water, brush washer,
and tripod in another bag or backpack. We recommend
that artist may put most supply to the bag (to break
away from the traditional concept of French easel which
carries all.) To not duplicate the need for space, EASyL
easels are designed for the artists to still carry necessary
supplies inside the easel box, Versa for example, can
store ten brushes, palette knives, 37ml or 40 ml paints
(up to 8 or 9), side tray, etc inside the palette box
when not painting (except for the large tubes).
How do you decide the depth of the palette box of your
depth of the EASyL palette box has been carefully considered
for space of storage as well as enough height for unused
paint. The supplied palette separator bar will help
to separate the unused paint from the rest area of palette
which after cleaned becomes storage compartment.
How do I choose between the models of EASyLs: Lite,
Versa, Classic ?
have made a comparison chart, please click the the link comparison chart for reference.
How many colors do you suggest for artist to bring in
plein air painting? Do I need many colors to carry in
paint translates into weight significantly: five 37ml
tube of small paints plus one 120ml titanium white can
easily be 1.5LBS in weight. It is suggested to use limited
palette for plein air painting. Another benefit is,
it will bring color harmony to your painting.
are pleased to quote from Mr.. Kevin Macpherson's book:
"Fill Your Oil Paintings with Light & Color",
page 31: "A good painting has both variety and
unity. Working with a limited palette puts you at a
greater advantage to create color harmony, or unity."
"Achieving Harmonious Color with a Limited Palette,
it would be a good idea to limit the palette (of colors),
maximum of one yellow, two reds (one cool, one warm),
one blue, one alternative green plus one white will
be suggested. However, this is not the only way of palette,
as there are a lot of other good palette choices. A
good painting can be achieved its harmony by way of
many other combination of palette choice through offers
by the professional artists."
Can EASyLs be placed on tabletop and worked as a table
There are four rubber boots at the bottom of each EASyL,
and the artist will be able to sit and paint from EASyL
at a table or any flat surface. This is particularly
convenient at the hotel during your trip to a workshop.
Will the standard panel support hold the canvas or watercolor
block? Why don't you make it deeper?
standard panel support has an inclined surface to keep
the canvas/water color block in place. The thickness
of the holder will assure absolute non-obstruction of
brush stroke from any direction.
3/4" panel support is an optional accessory in
case the artist wants to paint on stretched canvas.
It is listed in the product accessories.
Can the EASyL palette be tilted and adjusted its angle?
Can the easel back be adjusted its angle, too?
the EASyL palette can be easily adjusted its angle to
the desire by releasing the handle of the tripod. In
case of sun glare on the palette, the angle of the palette
can be adjusted to get away with it.
by adjusting the two side hinges, the artist can easily
adjust the angle of the easel back when panel, canvas
or watercolor block is mounted, to avoid the glare.
Do I need a palette to use with the EASyL?
bottom of the easel will be the palette. We recommend
a glass or Plexiglas of 1/8" (with the underside
primed in medium gray) to be inserted, sealed to the
bottom of the palette box.
In case the artist prefers
to paint straight with the box without the glass/Plexiglas, please refer to the How to prepare the palette instruction.
Can my gator foam boards be stored in the wet panel
storage space in the Pro and VERSA EASyLs?
the wet panel storage space in the back of the EASyL
can store either 1/8", 1/4" panel or the gator
foam board (3/16"), two panels to your choice of
size from 6X8, 8x10, 9x12, 10x12, 11x14, 12x16,. No
other easels offer this feature in the market.
What size of wet panels can the EASyL-Lite carry?
EASyL-Lite can accommodate the size of 8x10, 9x12 or 12x16 panel
at the thickness of 1/8". By placing the panels
with painted surface facing inward, turning the top
panel holding clips backward, you will protect the wet
panels from sliding out or damage.
What size of wet panels can the EASyL-Versa carry?
EASyL-Versa has a flexible wet panel carrying capability, it carriers
two panels in the thickness between 1/8" to 1/4"
(including gator foam panels) any size to choose from:
8x10, 9x12, 10x12, 11x14, 12x16 or four panels of 6x8.
Again, by facing the panels inside, turn the top panel
holding clips backward, you will protect the wet panels
from sliding out or damage.
will not need another box to carry the wet panels during
a day's work.
What size of panel/canvas can I paint on the EASyL-Lite?
EASyL-Lite can accommodate to paint panel/canvas from 4x6 to 16"
high of pane/canvas, and there is no width restriction, especially ideal for painting a panoramic view.
No other small pochade box has this capacity so far
in the market.
Where do I hold the towel?
bungee cord hooks to both side of the palette will serve
as your towel holder.
Can the artist reuse the paint left in the palette for
other painting location or other time?
the palette box is designed that the paint can be left
inside the box and be kept moist for a few days. The
supplied separator bar will help to store the unused
paint and by use of the palette divider, the rest space
can turn into storage area for brushes and paints.
What do I have for carrying more than two wet panels
or gator foam boards for a workshop I will attend?
We have two more products for carrying the wet panels. For
details, please refer to individual webpage.
DB-0810 for carrying four 8 x 10 wet panels.
DB-1012 Adjustable space for carrying different panels and/or Gator boards sizes from 4"x6" up to 10"x12".
ezPaks A convenient way of transporting your valuable wet panels in a compact, lightweight, durable carrier frame. The ezPak can carry two wet panels face to face up to 1/4" in thickness
What about umbrella possibly to mount on EASyLs?
have successfully developed a new lightweight umbrella
for plein air artists UMK-45A, which has a C-clamp to clamp
on the tripod leg, with a ball joint for change of position,
and a venting umbrella with UV silver coating outside
and black inside.
How do I carry the EASyL?
Bag COB-1416 will be able to carry EASyL-Lite and all your other
artist can carry the EASyL along with other supplies
in a backpack or a rolling carry bag.
For the EasyL Versa or Classic box, you may buy a backpack from a sport store. Bring your EASyL box to the shop to get a backpack which large enough to fit the box plus other art supplies.
What make is your tripod? What is the maximum overall
height of the tripod? Can I use the tripod in rocky
hill with uneven surface?
Our tripod is a heavy duty professional grade, made
by a factory who makes tripods under famous OEM names.
The tripod is only 3 lb 13 Oz, by far the lightest weight
in the market. The tripod was designed by us with the
two way pan-head and an extra large quick release plate,
also a spare quick release plate is supplied. The maximum
loading capacity is 15 lbs.
maximum height is 50" from ground to the top of
pan-head including the extended center column. The tripod
legs can be adjusted individually in three positions.
Put the EASyL easel on the top, the setup is good for
a person at 6'2" tall to use, still he can see
the panel in eye level. Since
the three legs can be adjusted individually, artist
can adjust each leg span and length to suit the uneven
ground surface, or rocky hill.
I already own a good tripod, can I purchase EASyL without
if you own a tripod which is a professional one, capable
of loading up to 15 lbs and is sturdy enough to stand
on any weather condition, plus not wobbly legs, good
size of metal quick release plate, it should do the
work properly. Note a tripod head and a
quick release plate made of plastic will not work. You can contact us
via email or phone to purchase EASyL without tripod