My studio easel is a Hughes Easel. The Hughes Easel is hands-down the best easel I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. I use to fight with studio easels in the past but with the Hughes easel there is no fight. They come in a few different sizes and configurations and all are counterbalanced making it very easy to move large paintings around on the easel with ease. They also come in a few different types of wood, including walnut and oak. I have the Hughes Easels 3000 wall-mount version which is perfect for smaller studios. These easels are an investment but you won’t be sorry. Visit hugheseasels.com for more information.
I’ve used several mediums over the years but the one I use most often over the years has been Liquin Original, however, recently I’ve been using Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel. I’ve also used, and still do from time to time, Linseed Oil and Galkyd.
I use 2 brands of brushes: Robert Simmons, Signet flats for block-in work and Rosemary Series 279 long handle, long flats for finish work. These Rosemary brushes are excellent for paint application and edge work. I can’t recommend them enough. Visit rosemaryandco.com for more information.
My painting surfaces vary. Most often I’m using Claessens Linen #13DP for both small and larger work but recently I’ve been preparing my own wood panels for smaller pieces and plein air work. I’ve also been using using Masterpiece Pro, Carmel stretched canvas for studio pieces.
I use two types of outdoor pochade boxes: Strada Easel and OpenBoxM. I prefer the mechanics of the Strada easel because it has no screws that need to be turned by hand during setup and teardown, this is especially helpful on cold mornings. However, the palette is smaller than then the largest OpenBoxM palette which I prefer. The Strada Easel also has a deep palette which I do not prefer. They each have their pros and cons but they’re both wonderful products. Visit openboxm.com or stradaeasel.com for more information.