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VVN/Philip Wright
Plein air painters have a wide selection of boxes and easels to choose from for painting outdoors. Shown are only four of the many styles available. On the right is a box easel with built in folding legs. On top of the box easel is a hand-held pochade box that holds a 6X8 canvas panel. Center is a plein air easel that is very portable, handles panels from the smallest up to 12X16 or larger. It is designed to fit on a camera tripod. Left is a pochade box that sits on a table or the artist’s lap and holds a 12X16 panel.

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