Sunday, September 4, 2011

Market Reseach/Easels

I have never used an easel until yesterday.  I paint inside my shop on my welding table or pin up my canvas on a vertical structure I also built for welding.  I never really thought much about an easel until yesterday.
   It was such a beautiful day.  The sun was out in full force but the long shadows signifying Fall were lurking as shadows are prone to do.  I wanted to paint outside!
   There is no drying time to welding.  You weld it and it is done.  I gathered up scraps from around my shop and began with a tripod, that wonderful three legged creation that is always stable.  And then I added to it.
 My first Easel
I needed places for some brushes, holders for my little yogurt containers of turpentine and linseed oil and a nice flat steel shelf I could use as a pallet for mixing paint.
   So all this gets me to thinking?  I wonder if I could make a dime from this?  Is there a market for a good, well built, sturdy easel? and what would that be?
   Or maybe companion furniture for the artist?  A one foot square pedestal with places for brushes, paint and supplies?
   There must be a million plastic things already on the market, but I am thinking something nice, well built, sturdy, inspiring.
 My Easel in front of the Trumpet Vine
   So, tell me about your easel?  What do you use?  What do you like about it and what you don't?


Tiffiny said...

You know I have always wanted an easel but I've never found one I felt had what I needed for the price. They can be a bit costly even for one that's cheaply made. So I've always made due with my art board. What I would like to see in an easel is something sturdy yet with wheels so it's portable. Can you have both portability and stability? I don't know, but there are days when I just don't have the strength to lift much so being able to wheel something around would make things easier. Also something with a space maybe below for art pads or canvas, and spaces like you have created on yours for paint, brushes, art pencils,etc. But like you said it would need aesthetic appeal as well. Something nice. I would think there would definitely be a market for something like that.

Barbra Joan said...

Well, look at you Jerry, now designer and builder of easels.. Is there no end to your talents.?
I use a flat table, and prop up the back of my paper a few inches. remember I do watercolor. so not much is needed. BJ

Angel-Star said...

hey, Stone, just checking in. i believe many artists would love an easel made by you!