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Old 04-18-2009, 09:32 AM   #1
Nancy Bea Miller Nancy Bea Miller is offline
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Secondhand Pochade?




Hi, I am looking for a pochade, a plein air painting easel system, to buy used or at deep discount. I already have a half-french easel but would like to try out any type of pochade I could buy cheaply. Or even borrow! The issue is that I am confused by the many types & sizes available..and reluctant to shell out big bucks for a particular system I might find unsuitable. Any ideas?
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:53 AM   #2
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Maybe try Craigslist or Ebay? I hear what you're saying: I'd love to have a similar thing but don't want to shell out hundreds of dollars. Can you let me know if you have any luck?
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:00 PM   #3
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Nancy,
Do you have a tripod? It's easy to make a plein air easel from it. If you are curious I can post the addition I made to make it serve as an easel.
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:27 PM   #4
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I'd like to see that too!
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Old 04-18-2009, 11:25 PM   #5
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I'd like to see that too!
I will take some pictures of the details when it gets light again.
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:01 AM   #6
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That gorgeous landscape!!! Is that out your front door?
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:54 AM   #7
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Wow, what a great setup. I also have a french half easel, but sometimes it is too bulky and heavy to be practical.

I have rigged up a few systems using old cigar boxes or simply a piece of masonite (I use sturdy clamps to attach the panel I paint on), that screw to the tripod, but I particularly love your shelf below. It must be very convenient to have somewhere to put your brushes, palette and oil when using your tripod setup. Outdoor painting has enough challenges - dealing with wind, bugs, dust, curious passersby - without having to juggle equipment too.

Are you able to give some close up photos or a description so we can understand how you made it?

By the way, I love your plein air pieces of those gorgeous vistas!
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:52 PM   #8
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Wow

Hi everyone;

Wow, thanks for showing us your cool system Allan! Truly impressive. I actually do already have a home-made system I use for outdoor painting that is not too a distant trek from house or car...but I am interested in a pochade system for hiking a good distance carrying a small and light plein air system. Which is what the pochade systems are for, specifically.

I have tried Craigslist and Ebay as yet to no avail. Plenty of people trying to sell their French easels ,but I've had no luck with finding secondhand pochades. I even emailed one of the pochade manufacturers which runs a newsy/folksy plein air newsletter asking if they might include a "Classified" section where people trading up to the next level could sell their used system. Perhaps this was a bit ingenuous, as I received no reply.

Please keep me in mind if you hear of a source? And thanks again for all the interest in and response to my query!
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Nancy Bae,
Here are the details, I hope it illustrates how everything is made.

The first picture is all the peaces you need to make an easel out of a photo tripod, if you hold the palette in the hand.

The easel is as lightweight as the pochade system and it takes canvas up to 30 " in the hight. I put it into a backpack. The only thing you will have to carry in hand is the finished painting.

Julie and Laurel,
Thanks, the landscapes are from Geilo, Norway.
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:24 PM   #10
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