It was a wonderful experience.
One of the more basic take-homes was the idea that a completely vertical easel is an important part of a studio because it enables you to see your work as it will be seen when hung on a wall.
When I got home I made a vertical easel…from 2x4’s and scrap wood I had in my shop.
It may not be elegant, but it has served me well for many years.
However, I recently started working on a 36” x 36” panel, and found that wrestling it on and off the easel in order to lay it flat for heavy painting, burnishing on collage material, or fusing was an awkward chore.
I couldn’t reach the far edge very well, and the edges kept getting smashed. There must be a solution.
I decided to try to make my easel convertible. It took a lot of pondering – I needed something strong enough, yet easy to convert. After a few near disasters I did it! Here is my new easel.
From the back.
Undoing the latches.
Letting it down.
Now I can get around it to reach all sides too!
The latches that hold it up.
It still is not elegant, but then, neither am I…