Saturday 16 March 2013

Ready for Take-off!

I have finished the giant easel. I saw a photograph (below) of an antique studio easel against which the text told me it was 36 inches   (90 cms) wide, 30 inches deep (76 cms) and 90 inches (230 cms) high.

I drew up my design, having read the advice to, buy (build) big as later I would wish I had done so.

here is my basic design and cutting list which led to me buying pine to suit my list.

I then built the easel. It seemed much higher than planned, but luckily when I built the studio, I built it quite high, as you can see.

I didn't varnish it as I wanted it to match my Drawing Board. Here are a few views of the scene of forthcoming crimes against art!

I'm ready to start painting...
 ... but... 
.........................first I have to visit (old) Hampshire to the Old Mill which incorporates a lot of the original hull of the USN frigate, USS Chesapeake, which was one of the first of six ships (all frigates) that began the US Navy. 


  1. Oh wow.. you really DID build your own easel. I am impressed. Nice job too. Fun seeing your studio with it in it.
    There are always a few.. but firsts.. along the way of doing something. :) What will you paint first?

  2. The easel is very nice looking! I think it looks very good when having a painting in progress standing on an easel in a corner. Especially on a beautyful easel like this. I have a page on my blog with the best colours to start up with. But that is for Winston & Newton artist watercolour. But they should have information about oilcolour too. I´ve heard from people that the waterbased oilcolour is good. It doesn´t smell that bad either. So you shouldn´t get headaches from painting. And it´s easier to clean the brushes.
    I´m looking forward to seeing your beautyful future oilpaintings then! :)
    Take care!

  3. It seems to me correct that the greatest painter in the world takes a giant easel!
    Everything is in proportion ... I wish you great fun in your beautiful studio!

  4. Fabulous easel, John! And now? What more can you find to do before you start your first painting? :)

  5. Gorgeous studio and "crimes against art?" You made me laugh out loud. I do that too!

  6. Well, that took you no time at all! I hope you will christen it soon. You asked in the last post what type palette is recommended. I just returned to a limited palette: Titanium White, Cad yellow pale, Alizarin crimson, Ultramarine blue and Winsor green. It's fun to see your workspace..looks perfect! What will you paint? Looking forward to the next installment!

  7. Well, it certainly is BIG and beautiful!!! Now, all you have to do is start painting. :)
    PS - Your studio is a beauty!!!

  8. Oh John, Bravo on your easel that you built yourself. You, again I say are truly amazing and gifted man. I just love your studio, every artist dream of having such a wonderful place to paint. Looking forward to your future paintings.

    All the best to you,

  9. Wow - that didn't take long! Amazing!
    How wonderful to be able to build your own bespoke easel :0)

  10. Dear John, your easel is really nice!
    Everything that you do , is always so perfect ... So now we just have to wait ... your next works of art!

  11. How I envy your art room, John! LOVE all the light coming in! This easel is amazing and your talent to make one amazes me every time!! Now we need to see something on that easel...!

  12. Hats off to you John, that's a great easel. ;-)