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En Plein Air Pro

Plein Air Pro

The En Plein Air Pro Easel is a palette box that fits over tripod legs used together with an aluminum channel panel holder that fits onto a tripod camera mount to support your painting.

Company name: En Plein Air Pro

Website: www.enpleinairpro.com

Pochade box name: Advanced Series Oil & Acrylic Easels

Type: Palette Boxes/PanelSupport

Package Price range: $300-$350

Weight: 2 lbs. 2 oz, 0.96kg

Palette size: 15.25″x 9.5″, 38.74cm x 24.13cm

Construction: Aluminum 

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Description

En Plein Air Pro Easel
En Plein Air Pro Easel

The En Plein Air Pro Easel is a system with a palette box that fits over tripod legs and an aluminum channel panel holder that fits onto a tripod camera mount to hold your painting.

There is a grey PVC slide on cover that lets you transport wet paint to and from the field. Turps jar is made of lightweight PPG plastic (not glass).

There is also a Slide Out Side Shelf, made of 6mm grey PVC, for holding your palette knife or your ‘thumbnail sketch’, or cups for painting mediums, oil, etc..

The Panel Holder

panel holder for Plein Air Pro
panel holder for Plein Air Pro

The panel holder handles canvas panels or stretched canvas up to 22” tall or down to 6” x 8” (the most popular range for outdoor painting). The  panel holder is structural aluminum channel with ABS brackets.  Max height to center of panel or canvas is 58″. Tripod easily adjusts for a sitting painter.

Equipped with a 1/4”, 20 thread mount, it is a standard mount on all photographic tripods. Its vertical mounting design eliminates the “top-heavy rocking” that can occur in other tripod/pochade box set-ups. It attaches easily with a quick-connect shoe included with the SLIK U8000 Tripod.

Convertible Backpack

The 60L backpack is designed to carry the setup. A side zipper gives easy access to the large main compartment.  The main compartment will hold the complete easel set-up- palette, panel holder, tripod, with room left over for a 12×16 wet panel box.

Construction

The palette’s frame is constructed of tough thermoformed 1/4” ABS material and features a 6 hole brush holder. The mixing surface is a neutral gray PVC, suitable for color mixing comparisons in outdoor light.

The working surface is a layer of clear PETG (not acrylic). The surface resists scratching and cleans up with a paper towel moistened with turps. Underneath the PETG is a built in value scale. 

Aluminum Plates on the tripod leg attachments increase stability.  Max height to top of palette = 37″.

How to set it up

https://youtu.be/rgSKLzFYVp4

Accessories

En Plein Air Pro palette
En Plein Air Pro palette

Comparison

To compare Advanced Series Oil & Acrylic Easels with other pochade boxes, see my Guide to Pochade Boxes.

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