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Oil Painting for Beginners - Tools and Materials



You might be surprised to find that I'm going to start with an easel. I consider the easel to be the main art tool. Invest in a really good, solid, adjustable easel and it will last you your whole life.

An easel is expensive, but an expenditure well worth making. You can always buy second hand as a good easel is made to last.



I'm going to suggest three types of easel: a radial easel, a desk easel and a travel easel.

Radial Easel

This is the easel that I have and the one you should get if you have space to put it and you are fit enough to stand. This type of easel is the sort professional artists use and the sort you'll find in art schools. It allow you to work on various sizes of supports and you can adjust it up and down, forwards and backwards.

You can move towards your work and then stand back to see what you have actually done. You can also draw with your whole arm and also place the support, (board or canvas), in the same plane as your subject.

This easel will fold up if necessary.



Studio easel

Although the radial easel is a studio easel, I have called the American easel a studio easel for the sake of clarity. These easels are stable and substantial. They will accommodate large works and are adjustable.

Desk easel



Get a desk easel only if you are not able to stand for long enough periods of time. The advantages of a desk easel are small size and ease of storage, but you will not be able to draw freely with your whole arm. Your movement will be limited and you won't be able to stand back to see what you've actually done.





Travel easel / French easel / Sketching easel

Use these if you don't have space for a studio easel, or use them for their real purpose, ainting outdoors. They are also known as box easels, (if they have a box incorporated into the structure for paint and brushes, or 'plein air' easels, (French for outside!).

These easels are not really heavy enough, or stable enough for professional work in the studio, but they're good for taking out and about and better than nothing.

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