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Art Painting Easels – It Took Me 20 Years To Find The Best One!

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I always had to struggle with any easel I had ever used, whether they were portable easels or for the studio. My last easel (standard wooden) I used for over 20 years and it was pink in color (the last time I painted it). It was extremely difficult to raise and lower (yes, it was old and the metal thingy was probably rusted) so I finally got very fed up after struggling with a 3’x4′ canvas and decided to research the best and easiest easel to raise/lower. I did not throw out my  old, rusty easel since it was so nostalgic (from college days) and could still be used to hold a finished piece of artwork. (I must re-paint it in purple one day)!

The very first thing I knew I wanted in an easel was total ease of use. Meaning: very easy to raise/lower with the canvas on it (whatever size) and to be able to roll it around my studio. The easel had to be very easy to adjust without breaking my fingers, straining any other muscle or cussing up a storm (which I don’t normally do), but the old easel just put me in that state of mind and I was losing precious painting time to boot!

After a couple of days of searching for my ‘perfect’ easel, I came across one that looked like it was just what I wanted. This easel was designed by David Sorg called “The Super 8 Easel.” I was beside myself! It had everything I needed/wanted; ease of use, would last a lifetime, sturdy and actually, beautiful to look at (yes, I think easels have their own beauty). It was an easel like I had never seen before with a pulley-type system with weights that made it easy to raise and lower. Anyway, I called David, and he answered all of my questions. He is very nice to talk to! You can contact him and order directly, which I did. Yes, the price is high but it’s definitely worth the money and will last a lifetime. Go to his website and read the short article about this fabulous easel! Oh, and make sure to measure your ceiling to floor distance because this is a tall easel. One more thing, the Super 8 is great for people who deal with hand or shoulder pain because you won’t have to struggle with the raising/lowering and moving the easel around part!

Here is a picture of the Super 8 Easel. There is a place where you can put the paper towel holder, but I opted not to.

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DevaArt Studio :: My Work Space

Dee Van Houten - DevaArt Studio; animal art paintings

Email Dee: Please sign up to be placed on my email list! You will receive a bi-monthly email telling you about my latest artwork and where you can purchase it. The first time you sign up you will receive a FREE (including shipping) fine art greeting card, (suitable for framing and designed by Dee) from one of the following categories: Tropical Fish, Tropical Birds, Furry Animals, Spiritual, Floral or Landscapes. Just say which catagory you would like a greeting card from, plus the address to ship it to. You may opt-out at any time.


It was a blessing in disguise when I was laid-off from my job in ‘corporate world’ where I worked for 5 years as a graphic designer. It gave me the chance to start my freelance art business called DevaArt Studio. Yes, it was scary but I love working for myself. I never looked back either…bye, bye ‘corporate world’… was music to my ears.

This is the largest studio I’ve ever had. When I moved here, I had the unfinished basement made into my art studio. Purple is my favorite color so the walls are very light purple and the floors are purple/light gray squares and the more paint spills, the better! I always love seeing other artists’ studios and how they are set up and the lovely ‘messes’ we all can make with our mediums! Following are some pictures I took of my studio and the various work areas I use. I cleaned up a bit for the pictures…

This picture shows an area where I paint large canvases in acrylic. It’s definitely neater than what it usually is! Its right next to the door that lets in lots of natural light.

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Painting Table

Here is another picture that shows some more painting tables that I use for the large canvas area.

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More Painting Tables

This is an area where I paint my stained glass paintings on a large light box.

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Stained glass painting table

This is my large art file that I’ve had for 20 years. It holds my illustration boards, work I’ve completed and some not completed plus drawers of other much needed art ‘stuff’! The paintings are of my dad (done by another artist) and a watercolor I did of my mom.

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Dee’s Antique Art File

This photo shows my work area where I put together anything that needs it. Mostly framing for my stained glass paintings.

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This picture is the neatest and most relaxing part of my studio. The purple phone is retro and my favorite color. I also love dragonflies and the table was my grandmothers, full of art books and magazines.

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My Relaxing Sofa

If any of you readers who are artists’ have some pics of your art studio please show them when you comment… Thanks!


DevaArt Studio Fine Art Blog

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Painting is a pigment of my imagination…
If I can create art, then everything will be good…

 

Making art is a spiritual journey for me and has always been a consuming creative passion in my life. It is similar to a form of meditation, filled with serenity and peace blended with awe-inspiring colors that delight my vision which make me want to paint a work of art that people will relate to emotionally.

I am a very independent artist (trained in fine art, graphic design, web design, illustration), a “terpsichorean” and most passionate about my art, which is a very deep part of my spirit that weaves itself throughout all aspects of my life.

Many of my original fine artworks can be seen and purchased from my online art gallery where they reproduce the art as giclee prints. You will be able to choose from various sizes and substrates to have the artwork printed on such as museum quality archival matte paper, watercolor paper, canvas and several others. Custom framing is also available.

In the top menu, if you click on Home it will take you to my art website, devaart.com. If you click on Contact it will take you to my contact page on my art website. By clicking on the Gallery link you will be taken to my fine art online gallery where you can purchase my fine art paintings as giclee prints.

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