|Manfrotto on Easy L|
I cannot encourage too strongly, particularly in plein air, making small value sketches to establish your plan before you get out your paints. Sometimes half a dozen sketches before you have what you want to work with: size of fore, mid and background; value dominance, etc. The trick then is to stick with that plan once the painting begins - and not get distracted back to the scene where you are in danger of chasing shadows, cloud shapes etc. To make that work you need a convenient way to have your reference sketch there for you.
The best I have found is the Manfrotto Double Spring Clip. They seem expensive but are well constructed. I have a half dozen - one in each kit and two in the studio - I have never had a problem so I think they are good value. I got mine from Judson Plein air. Good company with good service.
The sketch pads I use are Strathmore Drawing 4x6 inches.
Something to consider.
|On Soltek easel.|