As the name implies, the Sienna Plein Air All in One Pochade Box is designed to carry all the essentials for a day of plein air painting. It has all the features of Sienna's regular pochade boxes, as well as some exciting additional features.
The All in One Pochade Box boasts three storage compartments under the sliding wood palette. They provide plenty of room for paint tubes, brushes, and other painting accessories. Each compartment measures 3¼" × 12¼" and can hold nine 40 ml paint tubes. They include removable dividers that let you create the perfect storage configuration for your needs.
The All in One Pochade Box can also hold stretched canvas as well as painting panels using the unique holding clips, which firmly grip your substrate and allow you to paint all the way to the edges of your surface. Any canvas or panel up to 17" tall can be accommodated.
Another unique feature of the All in One Pochade Box is the wet painting panel storage compartment. Panels are stored securely and conveniently behind a removable magnetic door, so you never have to worry about how to transport your wet paintings. Carry two 9" × 12" (23 cm × 31 cm) painting panels back to back, or two 8" × 10" (20 cm × 25 cm) panels using the included adapter bar.
The lid of the pochade box is held firmly in place at any angle thanks to the lid adjustment arm, and it will even go completely flat for watercolor painting. The arm is designed in such a way that the pochade box can be used on a flat surface as a table easel. Rubber bumpers are on the bottom of the box just for this purpose. In fact the Pochade box is the perfect small easel for studio use as well as plein air.
The included brush tray is a pleasure to use. It stows away perfectly on the back of the lid with the help of two magnets. During painting it slips over the right or left side of the palette box and stays put with another pair of magnets. There are indents for seven brushes and a flat area for holding palette cups of painting medium or thinner.
The All in One Pochade Box also includes a 10" x 12" birch palette with a clear lacquer finish, ideal for use with oil and acrylic paints. The finish is easy to clean and the light birch color is good for color mixing. A paper towel holder is also included, and can be hung on the front edge of the box to hold a standard roll of paper towels.
A critical feature of the All in One Pochade Box is the tripod mounting plate. Made of sturdy aluminum, it measures 2½" (6.4 cm) square and has a standard ¼ x 20 threaded hole as the fastening point. The plate is attached to the frame of the box with three stout screws. There is a large area for the ballhead quick release plate to grab onto and hold the box firmly in place.
The Sienna Plein Air All in One Pochade Box is built with strong finger joint construction using, poplar, maple, and Baltic birch components with a beautiful cherry stain and lacquer finish. The plastic star knobs are far superior to the common wing nuts found in many plein air easels — easy to grip and adjust, with much tighter holding power. The box measures 14¾" × 11¼" × 5½ overall when closed and weighs 6.8 lb.