I have come to realize when its time to make a choice between two or more things, no matter what the things are, it's going to be tough for me to make a final decision.
Now that I'm trying to learn oil painting, I think ... I plan on doing, plenty of plein air painting. Years ago I had purchased a full Mabef French easel, not realizing how much it would weigh once I had filled it with paints, brushes, turps, etc. Plus its awkward if caring it any distance.
Recently I've been researching plein air easels and I found that there were plenty to choose from and a lot to consider. Weight, price and size were my main considerations. It makes a girl dizzy just looking at all of the types of plein air easels out there. I wanted something that was light weight, sturdy and relatively small, and not break the bank. I wanted to be able leave the house at any time and not worry about forgetting something.
It was a tough decision and I finally narrowed it down to 3, the Easy L Lite, the Coulter Plein Air System, and the 9" x 12" Guerrilla Box. I was able to make my final decision based on all three of my needs. Price, weight and size. I purchased the Guerrilla 9" x 12". I was fortunate to find a new Guerrilla Paint Box up for auction on Ebay (a friend found it for me on-line ... thank you Nancy) and won it for $69. A huge savings off the regular price of $179. It weights 5 lbs. but built solid and sturdy. Also, I was really sold on the idea that I can carry paint, turps etc all in the 9" x 12" paintbox. (I realize the weight will change once I pack it full of paint etc. ) And, its balanced so I can set it on a a table or use a tri-pod. I can grab my box and walk to the waters edge or paint out on the deck and have everything with me and ready to paint.
Its been a tough decision and one I didn't take lightly. I realize I'm new to oil painting and in time, after more experience, may change my mind. But for now I'm thrilled to have finally made a decision and a purchase. Yippee, that decision has been made!