Plein air umbrellas are on the list of “what to pack” for many outdoor painters. They offer shade for both yourself and for your canvas or paper, blocking the glare of the sun from skin and substrates.
So what are the best plein air umbrellas for artists? We asked, and you answered! Here’s what artists from the Plein Air community had to share, including some helpful photos of their painting setups.
Be sure to use the comments section below to tell us what you use when painting outdoors!
Crowd Favorites: Plein Air Umbrellas for Artists
“Easy L.; It’s super easy to use, provides enough shade for me and my easel, slips into a nylon sack with shoulder straps so it’s easy to carry/transport. This is my second one, and I would buy it again if I need to.” ~Julia Norton Stevens
“Best Brella – It’s lightweight, easy to attach in many angles, and sturdy.” ~ Martha Faires Art Fair
“Shade Buddy that stakes into the ground…the wind won’t take your easel with the umbrella. Plus you can move the umbrella around without having to move your easel when the sun moves.” ~Laurie Bonn
“I love my freestanding Wondershade umbrella, with its large canopy and tripod base, it can handle the wind. It comes with accessories like hanging hooks and cup holders.” ~Lori Yates
“Best Brella. And they offer reasonably priced replacement parts! ~ Lewis Williams
“Guerrilla Painter Soft-Clamp Deluxe Vented Silver Umbrella – it’s compact, easy to pack for travel (collapsible). I was sent one of the prototypes when it was first created. Then sent an updated one, I still have both. I used one of them for the Worldwide Paint Out. The photo is St Lucia; the umbrella has travelled a lot with me. Just picture walking through an airport now with an umbrella that doesn’t fit in your suitcase.” ~Jacq Baldini
“I have a BestBrella that I love, but they are no longer selling the full item (only some replacement parts – they have stopped manufacturing the clamp mechanism which is superb). It is difficult to use it in windy conditions.
I bought an Ultimate Wondershade Umbrella off Amazon a few years ago and I love it. Its canopy is huge- it can cover me and my easel in the rain, and the stakes anchoring the metal base hold beautifully in windy conditions. Only issue is it’s a little heavy- would not bring it on a long hike.” ~Debbie Underberg Mueller
“The Shade Buddy by Guerrilla Painter” ~Jean Frey
“I love [the Ultimate Wondershade Umbrella] for close to home plein air outings. It’s a little bulky to hike with!” ~Ellen Sinclair
“Love my Art Essentials EasyL Umbrella lightweight easy setup; it extends up and down and rotates in any position for best coverage on your palette and canvas. Black interior to reduce glare and silver exterior to reflect away light and heat and vented to reduce wind drag toppling your set up. The umbrella slides into the extension tubes and a bungee attaches to keep the umbrella from flying away another safety feature to reduce toppling in the wind. Comes with a bag with shoulder strap for easy carry. I’m very impressed with the features on this umbrella and did a lot of research before I purchased it.” ~Jacquelyn Reid
“I love BestBrella and also my umbrella that attaches to my easel – the Julian White umbrella.” ~Johanne Mangi
“Shade Buddy from Guerrilla Painter! I tried many and this one is the best. Lots of coverage, can be securely placed and held up after being caught by a gust of wind and dunked in a pond or rolled down an open field!” ~Bonnie McGown Torres
“I am really liking my Tallbrella from EasyGo Products. It stakes or screws into the ground. When I have tried the kind that attach to the easel, I had to keep a hand on my easel at all times if it was breezy.” ~Katy Smith
Just for fun!
“My favorite umbrella is a wide brimmed hat!” ~Katherine Farrell
What plein air umbrella setup do you use? Share it with us in the comments below!
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