Bob Demos during PACE19 at the Royal Talens Booth, (Cobra Oils, Rembrandt oils and watercolor, using 2 En Plein Air Pro Easels, The Pro Oil and Acrylic with glass palette and the Advanced Watercolor Series. See more on the En Plein Air Pro, along with a special offer, further along in this email). I was working on 2 paintings "simultaneously", using an imprimitura technique with water mixable paint. More on this and the use of memory in painting in our next newsletter.
CasaTable PACE2019 72dpiBob at the Casa table during PACE 2019 in San Francisco
We had a great time at PACE (Plein Air Convention and Expo), in San Francisco last week.
Aside from meeting a number of past Casa participants, we also met new faces and attendees who had told us they have been following us and expressed interest in joining us for a workshop. A big highlight was meeting many wonderful professional painters/renown workshop instructors that are interested in being facilitators for future workshops at the Casa. We look forward to expanding our roster of the top painters/instructors at the Casa, continuing to bring you the highest quality workshops available and increasing your selection in the future.
wc Vinyard Sonoma
Masla, Rembrandt water on 9" x 12" Van Gogh paper

Bob's watercolor painted that Sunday, where hundreds of painters came to paint at the Viansa Vinyard in Sonoma

A Little More on the En Plein Air Pro

Those of you that have seen me demo and paint with watercolor over the past 9 years have seen my En Plein Air Pro Advanced Series Watercolor Easel. They had sent me one of their first and it has held up quite well. If you have been to either of my studios, the Casa or Studios North, you know that I have quite an array of easels, a collection of sorts from over the years of painting and teaching. My favorite go to easel for watercolor, plein air and demos, is the En Plein Air Pro Advanced Series. And  it’s not just my preference, many of the professional watercolor painters that teach at the Casa, such as Tom Lynch and Andy Evansen show up with their En Plein Air Pro easel and at PACE in San Francisco I noticed Keiko Tanabe, Michael Holter and Brienne Brown and others use them.
I just had the opportunity to take the Professional Series Oil with a glass palette for a test run in San Francisco and I am impressed. Love the large real estate for mixing colors, (9″ x 18.5″) the palette has a neutral grey color that has a value scale integrated under the glass, (can see this useful in many ways, aside from color mixing, but for demos and teaching as well). It also has 2 slide out side trays for the integrated turps jar and extra space for brushes, etc.
I often like to work a little larger outdoors and for demos than the typical 9″ x 12″ or 12″ x 16″, the mast on the Pro series will hold a vertical canvas or panel up to 22″. All in all a very sturdy construction that I suspect will be as durable as my watercolor easel, (ABS, a very strong and light thermoplastic and PVC), and with the glass palette option all fits in the included backpack and comes in at about 9.7 lbs. (with the strong PETG material palette, 8lbs.).
If you are in the market for a plein air easel, the En Plein Air Pro, is an excellent deal as a package that has many extras at a great price – and since I was demoing with them at PACE they are offering a 10% discount on all packages ordered from their online store before May 31, 2019.
En Plein Air Pro 1 85dpi