The Strada Mark II Easel Set features the same simplicity, durability and precision construction as the original Strada Pochade Box design. It comes in two sections: the Mark II Palette and the Mark II Mast with adjustable sliders (please note, the tripod is sold separately).
The Mark II is perfect for a studio or plein air artist working in oils, acrylics, watercolor or pastels. When you attach the easel to a tripod, you can mount the mast at the bottom for smaller works or at the center for maximum stability when creating larger works. The Mark II lets you have the canvas, watercolor, or drawing paper at eye level and at any angle.
Company name: Strada
Pochade box name: Strada Mark II Easel Set
Price range: $475
Weight: 2 lbs 12 oz, 1.24kg
Palette size: 9.8″x 14.2″x 1″, 25 cm x 36 cm x 2.5 cm
Construction: High quality aluminum, coated with a neutral gray finish
The Strada Mark II Easel Set comes in two parts: The Mark II Palette and the Mark II Mast with Adjustable sliders.
The Strada Mark II Palette measures 9.8″x 14.2″x 1″, 25 cm x 36 cm x 2.5 cm, weighs 2 lbs 12 oz, 1.24kg , and is easy to fold up and store in a backpack. It has two adjustable arms that attach to any tripod legs (up to 11.25″, 28.5cm) and generous side panels that double as brush holders and palette covers.
You can use the floor of the Mark II Palette as your painting palette. If you prefer a bamboo or plexiglass insert instead, you can purchase a separate palette.
The Mark II Mast can hold support panels and canvases up to 2″, 5cm deep, any size up to a 30″, 76cm high, and any width. It can be disassembled into two 17″, 43cm parts for compact, easy storage. Half of the mast can also be used to paint works up to 13″, 33cm tall.
Made from high quality aluminum with a neutral gray finish, and is easy to fold up and store in a backpack.
How to set it up
Setup is relatively simple once mounted on a tripod.
You can purchase a neutral gray bamboo or an HDPE plexiglass palette insert if you do not want to store your paint on the easel bottom.
Here is a comparison between this Strada Mark II Easel Set, and the Strada Pochade Box
To compare Strada Mark II Easel Set with other easels, see my Guide to Plein Air Easels.
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