I just built a new easel to use, and am going to put my french easel to rest. These two paintings were some of my last on the french easel.
I have had 9 french easels, and my favorites have been the original Jullian, and the Mabef M22. I am pretty hard on my easels because I mix with a knife, so there is a lot of weight on the palette. French easels are too short for me, and I am tired of leaning over them to paint. I don't mind the wing nut's, but will say that my new easel is much easier to set up and take down than the french easel. I'll post about my new easel soon!