If you are a budding painter who is looking to take your craft to the next level, one of the most important things you can do is to invest in an art easel. It may not a sound as glamorous as new brushes or paints, but a good easel can last you for years and will provide a secure place for you to work on your painting.
There are several factors to consider when purchasing an easel. First consider how often you will be moving around as you work. Many art easels are collapsable and easy to move from place to place, but some of the very sturdy wooden models are large and heavy and do not collapse. If lighting is an issue where you work and you will need to move your easel to work, you will definitely want one that is mobile and light.
Relatedly, how often you will be adjusting the angles on the easel is another thing to take into consideration. Again, some easels are more mobile and adjustable than others, so if you will be shifting the angle frequently depending on how you work, you will have to look for easels that work accordingly.
Many art easels have built-in skid plates to prevent sliding around while you work. This is one feature you will definitely want to be sure your easel has. It is all too easy for a light easel without skid plates to shift in place if you lean to heavily on your brush. And as any artist knows, one misstep could mar your painting and potentially ruin all your hard work.
Lastly, you may want to consider the material of your easel. They typically are made out of wood or metal. The lower end are made out of plastic. The keys are all about stability and adjustability, so regardless of material, choosing an easel that is strong in these two categories is the most important part. The material aspect is more a stylistic issue than anything.
So get out there and find an art easel that will match your studio and needs perfectly. Your future masterpieces are waiting!