Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The French Insider

Few things are more fun for me than going to a good art supply store and checking out all the cool stuff I wish I had in my studio. One of the unexpected benefits of attending the IMC is that I get to check out everyone's supplies, and am constantly introduced to a variety products, paint colors, stools, and all sorts of things I've never seen before.

One of our students had this great little insert for his French Easel that I thought was really clever. Most palettes that come with a french easel are frustratingly small, allowing for very little mixing area. This palette fits in the back of the easel, and unfolds into a larger palette, complete with jar holder, brush holder and greyscale bar. It also has a recessed lid which floats above the surface, meaning you can close it and still save your paint for future use.

I like to design a lot of my studio furniture, and had actually been designing something similar to mount in front of my regular studio easel, but after seeing this one, I may alter my design.

This palette is specifically designed for use with a standard french easel,  but there's no reason you couldn't implement it for regular studio use as well. In fact, you could easily install a 1/4" mounting bracket to the underside, allowing you to stick the unit onto a tripod. With the height and angle adjustability of a tripod, you would have yourself a very simple, and very versatile palette.

You can find more info on this palette, including ordering info, on the manufacturer's website: http://www.enpleinairpro.com


  1. Art Material Photo's and Catalogues is porn for artists...........love that palette!

  2. I had the french insider for a couple of months and it fell apart. The rivets were not long enough or not set properly. They offered me a refund of half the price which they sent through PayPal, not my original Visa card. Bottom line it was a major hassle just to get back half the cost. AVOID THIS PRODUCT - IT IS POORLY MADE.

    1. I'm sorry to hear that. The one I saw seem well crafted, but you can never tell how these things will stand the test of time. Hopefully the next generation will improve on the faults you mentioned. It's too clever of a product not to make a better iteration of it.


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