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Pros Love En Plein Air Pro

In the field or teaching a workshop, professional artists love the design of the En Plein Air Pro easels.

Here are just a few reviews and endorsements from the people that use it.

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Michael Chesley Johnson reviewed the En Plein Air Pro Professional Series Oil Easel in his Painting Tips and Techniques blog on April 3, 2016. There is even a great video of setting it up. Check out Michael’s blog here.



"I love the quick set up and pack-away. The fact I can carry EVERYTHING in the lightweight backpack is now a must for me. I can avoiding a rolling cart when trekking through rough terrain! I painted for twelve days in the Tetons, and NOTHING fell off or broke off this set-up. It is well designed, and well built with very durable materials; I was not disappointed at all.

It makes for an especially a rapid set up if your palette colors are in place before hand. I could focus on capturing my intended image immediately. It has a sweet feature of just fitting the slotted box on the tripod, and a sturdy and simple placement of a the panel (or canvas) on the vertical panel holder. It can accommodate a super range of sizes, all the while maintaining a steady hold, with no worry of a flimsy feel."

John Cook describing our new Professional Series Oil Painting Easel

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I've been taking the En Plein Air Pro up into the Santa Catalina Mountains here in Tucson to test it out. One of the really helpful aspects of the easel is that everything fts into the backpack that it comes with so my hands are free when I'm hiking. It's also much lighter than anything I've used before and sets up real fast and at the same time it seems very sturdy and holds up in the wind.

Another aspect, that I fnd lacking in other easels, is the size of the palette. It's much bigger and at the same time lighter. I also took the En Plein Air to a 5 day studio workshop. It was easy to demo with and move around the studio.


I'm teaching a three-week plein air workshop in Greece and I'm looking forward to taking the easel with me and see how it works with all the travel and hiking.

Phil Starke


"So I've put the gear through its paces and am super impressed. I took it to Chicago ( the Pro ) for a 2 day demo at a conference. It was portable, sturdy and very convenient to use. I was demoing architectural work so it served as a handy drafting table. I used it a few days later at Easton Plein Air Festival and used it again for a demo at Studio B (a gallery Im included in ).

I set up the Traveler and worked from the Pro. It was great!I then took it to Door County Invitational as my only easel and again, very happy with the set up. I did have a strap failure with the bag but that is because I load up a lot of gear (umbrella with hd clamp by Best, paint and brushes, small bits of visual aids and miscellaneous stuff). I used it for the quick paint event and afterwards it served as a presentation easel by using the tray to display some promotional materials. Each time I used it I would notice some new and pleasant application. You did a great job of designing it and will now have to figure out what to do with my other easels and set ups. I do think that this is a great solution for the watercolor painter. Big Thumbs up! "

Stewart White

"I’m a professional watercolor artist and live in San Diego. I also teach workshops here in the U.S. and abroadtannabed and always take your easel with me. Everywhere I go, your easel gets a lot of attention.

Thanks for the great product now I cannot live without."

Keiko Tanabe


Keiko is a landscape watercolorist who leads workshops around the world.

From Keiko's August 2012 Newsletter:

"I've been in Europe for several weeks.... In several places I also had the pleasure of painting outdoors with local artist friends - last week in Istanbul, for example. If you're an avid plein-air painter like me, I think you might be interested in the great outfit I've been using: Eric Michaels' En Plein Air Pro easel. It's a light-weight and perfect all-in-one system, and I get praises wherever I paint.

"I had my eye on the En Plein Air Pro Easel after seeing it online and being used in the field by more and more of my plein air painting friends. Fortunately, I ended up winning the Advanced Series Oil and Acrylic Easel as the prize for Best In Show for the Outdoor Painters Society Associates Showcase in 2012. I also received a large selection of the linen panels, which I absolutely love! I immediately liked the easel's light weight and easy set-up. The palette gives me ample room to mix and save mixtures as I paint. This easel has a really well-thought-out design, and is very sturdy and adaptable to any height and a wide range of panel or canvas sizes. I have a number of other plein air easels, but the En Plein Air Pro is my number one choice when I need to hike in to a painting site. Great product, guys! Thanks! "
-- Jimmy Longacre

I ordered your Advanced Series Oil & Acrylic kit last week, and I was so happy with how fast it came because I got to test it out yesterday. And I totally love it! So portable and easy to set up and take down. Way better than any bulky wooden french easel that's for sure. I actually filmed a review while I was painting, and posted it on my site for all my patrons to see:

Christopher Clark
Fine Artist, Commercial Artist


Note: Chris posted his video on facebook, and we saw this comment from fellow artist Doug Holread:

"Nice review! I'm enjoying my easel which Lori gave me for Christmas. I especially like how easy it is to switch from oils to watercolor. Nice product Eric"

I love this easel set up; it is what I've been looking for. Compact, quick and easy to set up, it is light weight and holds the canvas sizes I prefer for en plein air work. One of the features I like most is that it moves the palette away from the painting, therefore providing plenty of space to work from all directions. This is a feature that I like about a French easel, but this is so much lighter and covenant to transport and set up. I also like the cut out for the tarp container.

I also us the En Plein Air Pro Pastel set up, and enjoy the same features as with the oil palette. My first impression was that the box will not hold enough pastels, but after organizing the box with what is needed for plein air work, it hold the right amount without being to large or heavy.

Thanks for a great product, Bob Rohm

"List me as a fan of En Plein Air Pro!cook

Most of my work is with oil paint, but when I want to travel light, I totally depend on your easel. Every updated version has pleased me more with watercolorist-friendly improvements! One favorite feature is the extremely useful tray that attaches to the tripod just under the work table.

The easel is a quick set up, durable, and very accommodating for water container, brush slots, and angle for the paper surface.
The case holds everything and is a pretty impressive pack to take to any location."

Just sayin'
John Cook


"At last!  A plein air set up that really works!! There are a gazillion plein air easels on the market, (and I've tried most of them) but this is the ONLY one that doesn't require any "tweaking" to accommodate watercolor.  All my students have this easel and I recommend it for my workshops too!"

Tina Bohlman

Tina is a prolific Texas artist and workshop leader.

review"Provides the stability that we need while being light-weight and compact. This one's got it all."
-- Frank LaLumia AWS, NWS

Frank LaLumia is a signature member of the AWS, the Plein Air Painters of America, and the author of the book PLEIN AIR PAINTING IN WATERCOLOR AND OIL, North Light Publications.


"... very sensible design, is light weight, uses a standard tripod and is easy to set up".

Author of, “Watercolor Energies,” “Webb on Watercolor,” and “Composition For The Painter.” In these books he explores design, expression and the philosophy of art. He has also made five instructional DVDs.

Frank Webb NWS, AWS

review“The watercolor palette shelf is the perfect set-up with a tripod easel. I am really pleased with the sturdy palette; it has nice big wells with lots of room for mixing, and yet the whole set up is light weight which is really important to me as my plein air painting usually requires hiking, often on the cliffs of Monhegan Island or at Mount Katahdin in Maine. I also like that these accessories can be purchased separately if an artist already has a tripod easel. I’ll be recommending this company to my students.

....I took it to Ireland for the workshop One big plus is that I could down-size my bag and still get everything in, and with $60-75 charges for an extra bag, that makes a difference, coming and going. We were painting in Eyeries, on the Beara Peninsula of Ireland."

Evelyn Dunphy Studio
West Bath, ME

Evelyn is an avid plein air painter and workshop leader who travels the world.


"The 'En Plein Air Pro' easel is a must for every watercolor artist who loves to paint outdoors! It fits perfectly in a small computer or carry-on bag for traveling. This is the most functional easel I have ever seen! I take it everywhere with me! Simply, a work of perfection! Need I say more?"

Catherine Anderson AWS, NWS

More Comments From Our Customers

We get loads of emails and letters from artists, and aspiring artist who love the features of the En Plein Air Pro Easels. Here are just a few:

First of all, your merchandise is EXTREMELY INNOVATIVE! I am very pleased with the way everything is so compact, fits together, seems very sturdy, and follows all of the "keep-it-simple" mandates. Job well done!

It also arrived as expected, right on projected date, and in great condition.

Karen Bye

The easels arrived safely earlier this week - I have been having fun trying out different set ups - the easel tray and paint tray are
excellent - as well as adapting the paint brush holder to take my favourite brushes. I am also impressed by the carry bag. Such fun - thank you for putting this together. I love the quick release function.
The whole set up is so easy to put together. I shall be taking this on my camping trips all over Australia

Thanks again
Chris Moran

Hi, I am a professional watercolor artist and loved your product! I use it every time I go out to paint (here are a few samples I did using your watercolor travel easel : Thank you! Shuang Li

I was really excited to receive my Traveler Series easel along with the shelf and carry all bag. I am just getting started in allowing myself to go outside and paint "en plein air". I have known the benefits for quite some time, but didn't push myself. Your equipment is absolutely great. It is sturdy, well thought out, and will hopefully provide the tools I need to succeed. I already have more confidence, knowing I am using "the" best equipment out there..I am taking a watercolor workshop later this year, and I already know that "your" equipment will serve me well.Thanks for providing a wonderful product.And by the way, while I am giving you well deserved compliments, my easel arrived on the third day after I ordered it.Not the case with many other art supply companies.

Cheers, Barry Gellert

"The 'En Plein Air Pro' is a very convenient tool that is compact and easy to use. I do a number of quarter sheet watercolors en plein air, and it's perfect. It's lightweight and transportable to those out of the way painting sites."

Joseph Bohler AWS

The "Traveler" easel package arrived yesterday. Love it. Solid construction and a very fair price for what you get...which is basically everything you need. I am recommending this to my buds in the Montgomery County Plein Air Group.

Now to get out and use it!

Thanks much,

Jim Haynes

"Hello, I am Brazilian and I bought the “En Plein Air Pro” Easel by website. I received the easels perfectly and without any problem! This is a really good product and functional. It is so easy to hold and carry with me to do my outdoors watercolors and oil studies. ..... is the best Easel that I’ve ever seen! Thanks guys!"

Beto Candia – Brazil –

I must tell you that (1) I am sooooo impressed with your service, e-mail and even phoning on a weekend to help me out (I am not very mechancial, as you no doubt noticed) and (2) I LOVE the easel...and am the envy of my art class, since I have told them all about Cannot thank you enough for your help. Now...I can paint en plein aire.... and when I enroll in that class, I will WOW them with this GREAT easel. Thanks again, :-) bonnie

Bonnie Louis, Esq.

"I have enjoyed it (the Original Watercolor Easel) a great deal for outside painting when I travel! I did not use it for studio painting until recently. (Don't know why..but glad I started to do so!!)"

Victoria Grace Scelfo
The Continuous Line Art Studio

"Thanks for making a great product for us watercolorists."

Christine Lashley

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We are always delighted to find unsolicited reviews of our products. Here are some recent comments:

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Yevgenia Watts  - I have been using En Plein Air Pro Watercolor Easel for half a year now. I still love it almost as much as I did on the day it arrived but I have a bit more perspective on its advantages, disadvantages and uses. So here we go....Read full review with Yevgenia's insightfull comments

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