you could make your own tripod easel platform using off-the-shelf parts. i made this one one with a braced panel that you could find in any art supply store.
i’ve been checking out various artists’ blogs scanning their posts for ideas, and to learn how they go about addressing some plein air painting challenges. i’m the sort who likes to modify things using off-the-shelf parts because building from scratch could sometimes cost more money.
anyway, i noticed that artist Marc Dalessio uses a folding metal easel to do some of his plein air paintings, and i love the idea that this easel has a wide range of height adjustments for the canvas. for example, i could raise the canvas above my eye level. very nice, but i’ve been wondering how he hangs his cigar box that he made into pochade box on that easel. it was simple, with a heavy duty spring loaded clip. very cool. i’ll go to the neighborhood cigar shop to find a cigar box larger than the one i’ve been trying out.
what if, i thought, i want a convenient platform on my easel to hold my other stuff. artist Thomas Jefferson Kitts made himself a platform that could hang on the two front legs of his easel. based on the pictures he shared, i made myself a platform similar to his. i love his idea, but i didn’t want to make it from scratch. besides, there was no lumber yard within walking distance, and i don’t drive. anyway, i noticed that it was similar looking to the many off-the-shelf braced panels. i picked up a 12 by 18 inches braced panel, and imitated the cuts according to his example photos.
now, when i use my metal easel, i have an easel platform to place my stuff, AND with a spring loaded clip, i could attach my cigar box to the metal easel. thank you Dalessio and Kitts 😊
ps: i didn’t save much money on this do-it-yourself project, but i did end up with something customized for my needs. i’m satisfied.