I started out with a Yarka Easel that I bought on eBay before I knew what I was doing. I have moved on to a more sophisticated easel since, but when I need my Yarka nothing else will do. It has strapes that make it easy to carry and it’s not that heavy. When I’m out in the sand dunes of northern Indiana painting with oil, this is all I take. It’s rugged, stable and uncomplicated.