En Plein Air Over the Shoulder Easel

I love my plein air easel and my plein air umbrella.  They are great when I am using my car to get where I’m going.  They are not great when I am flying and packing light.  My rule is to travel by air with only a personal bag and a carry on. What is the solution?  I have two solutions.  The first is to carry a tripod stool.  The second is to pack an over-the-shoulder plein air easel made from 1/2 inch thick foam core!  I pack both in my carry-on.

Over the shoulder easel

Over the shoulder easel

Over the shoulder easel with water bucket

Over the shoulder easel with water bucket

No, I’m not left-handed.  I struggled to take the photo myself.

Bad idea

Bad idea

I went through several stages of brainstorming with myself before i came up with a solution that actually worked.

Good idea

Good idea

Combined with a slip knot, the easel is totally adjustable and secure.

More details to come after I put it to the real test in France.