Most plein air easels out there are not made for those of us who like to pursue larger paintings outdoors. I’ve tried EVERYTHING and ended up very frustrated! In the end, I found that the best option for me is the Gloucester easel. I LOVE my Take It Easel. It’s website says “it’s the only easel you’ll ever need!” and I agree wholeheartedly.
I found these metal boxes that I really love. They fit in my backpack, and I throw two large rubber bands around each side with foam that I’ve inserted. I sit this right on the little shelf that is created when you put the supports out for your take it easel. I can paint any size I wish, which is HUGE for me (no pun intended ;)
If you’re on the fence, Jerry’s makes a cheap version just to test out the easel. But, I must stress the difference in quality. The Take it Easel is SO much more sturdy and well built. If you try the cheaper one, and want to take the plunge, you won’t be disappointed.
Here’s a pic of my set up. Hope this helps some other large outdoor painting lover :)