Why using an easel?
- Perspective. Objects further away appear smaller than objects close to you. Help keep perspective precise. The artwork on an easel helps you and the client to be able and see how it will look on the wall.
- Free movement. You will have space to move your arm, wrist, hand, and shoulders more freely. You can step back and forth.
- Posture. Sitting or standing in front of an easel helps you to work longer with less stress on the neck and shoulder muscles. Make sure it is on a comfortable angle for your wrist.
- Easier for reference. Working on a canvas propped on an easel is easier when you have to glance from your canvas to your reference image. Only your eyes have to move.
- Coordination. Fine and gross skills are sharpened by hand-eye coordination tasks. Helps with focus.
- Cleaner canvas. Painting takes hours and hours of hard work. We all eat and drink while we paint or draw. Using an easel minimizes the spilling of paint, coffee, medium, and food on the canvas.
- Frustration. Working too close to a painting might get you too involved in the smaller details. This can be a frustration. Using an easel gives the distance from the painting.
- Angle. A canvas on an easel is on the same level as when the painting will hang on the wall.
There are a few to choose from.
- A-frame: Fits easily in a corner and helps when space is small.
- H-frame: Suitable for large studios.
- Tabletop: Best choice if you paint in watercolors.
- Art horse: If you prefer to sit and paint.
- Portable: Made from stainless steel or wood. Easy to fold up. Legs are adjustable for tabletop use or stand up.
- Magnetic: Standalone with a whiteboard for creative drawing and writing. Used mostly for children.
- French easel: For the traveling artist. Contains a sketch box and canvas carrier. Sketchbox holds paint supplies, palette, brushes, etc. Legs fold up for traveling purposes.
- Display: Easel not normally use to paint. Beautiful wood carved or antique ones are available. But some artists prefer to use their paint-stained easels for displaying. (See some photos of our paintings show a displaying easel.)
a Few notes
- Choose an easel that suits 1. your painting style, 2. medium you like to work with, 3. budget, and 4. where you prefer to paint.
- The base of the easel must be stable and sturdy.
- Adjustable. Make sure the easel can be lowered.
- Movable. The light has to be right for painting, therefore the easel must not too heavy to move around.
- Fold up. Make sure it is possible the easel can be folded up. At least its legs.
Hope this was an inspiration to use your easel more frequently!
Have a nice day