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What artists are saying about Best Brella

I’ve had your best brella for 3 years now and it is still going strong. Best damn umbrella ever. I used to break at least one a year until I brought
yours. That super clamp iis heavy duty, but it does the job. 

Bill Cone


I love it! I have given your umbrella a March Workout. It has proven to be a great asset. I really like the way it stays put when I arrange it…and yet as the sun drops, I can easily change the positioning. I will recommend it to other outdoor painters.Thank you for designing the umbrella.— Libby Tolley

Tracking Outlaw CattleI am most pleased with the “Best Brella.”  Throughout my long painting career I have used a variety of plein aire products and your umbrella by far is the most effective product of its kind that I have found.  In fact, when I began painting plein aire years ago no such products existed on the commercial market.  Artists such as myself were forced to invent and manufacture the items we required and, at that unfortunately, all were not successful.  Thanks again for your wonderful product.  Kim Mackey

I have used this umbrella with terrific success. My favorite feature is the ability to move the umbrella at ANY angle while working. It will stay put in a horizontal position when you find yourself painting with the sun coming up real early in the morning or in the last light of the day. Quality parts and great design. Yes, Soltek users, this will work on your easel. The clamp will attach to a curved or flat surface.
— Kim Lordier

I was painting in Northern Colorado at Pawnee Buttes. The umbrella held up even though it was a very windy day. I’ve used a lot of umbrellas, but this has a superior clamp.  I might add that my easel was weighted down. This umbrella can hold up in very harsh conditions — wind, rain, you name it. Happy Painting!
–Norbert Nagel
Co-President, Pastel Society of Colorado

I love my umbrella and I think you have done a wonderful job designing it.
— Evelyne Boren

I was able to put your umbrella to work last week while plein air painting in Eastern Oregon. I am pleased to let you know it is winner!  It is ery adjustable and easy to attach to a multitude of easel locations, making it very versatile. I am tall, and especially appreciated the extensions to make it higher. Everything fits into the bag included with the product and it took up little room, quite an accomplishment when you consider all it is capable of doing. Thank you for producing such a useful plein air product. You have done a huge service for the dedicated painters that stand before Mother Nature. Respectfully, Richard McKinley, PSA, PSWC-DP
— Richard McKinley

Thank You!!!!  Finally a painting unbrella that is light, simple to use, and height adjustable. I’m looking forward to many painting outings with the Best Brella. Sincerely,
Lorenzo Chavez

My umbrella arrived – probably within an hour of the email I sent wondering where it was. I set it up onto the Soltek easel last night just to see how it works. The design seems to be brilliant and I can’t wait to use it this weekend. Thank you for taking the time to design a funtional umbrella. Just to put a smile on your face, picture me high in the mountains on a very cold and windy but sunny day with a giant umbrella bungee corded to my waist. I do beleive you have come up with a much better solution. I must have looked absolutely ridiculous, but the painting did turn out.
thanks for your note about my work.
— Veryl Goodnight

Best Brella in Banff Glacial Wind

Best Brella in Banff Glacial Wind


Took my umbrella out for a spin yesterday (here is a pic of it in action). It beats the . . . . .system hands down! Really simple, fast, and solid. And though it wasn’t a gale, the wind was gusting occasionally, and it was rock solid. After two paintings, I had enough confidence in it to take my dog for a 15 minute walk and leave it unattended. I would NEVER have considered that on a day with wind using my previous system. I have only used it for 3 paintings, but I honestly can’t see any kinks that will arise that will outweigh the beauty of this.<em><strong> <em><strong><em><strong><em> — Liz Wiltzen


John Day PaiintingWell, thank you very much indeed, what great service you provide! I can’t wait to start using this umbrella, looks so well made compared to others I have bought. You can be sure I will be endorsing your umbrella to others who may be interested.
John Day


Thank you very much for sending me the Umbrella so quickly. It’s the best umbrella I’ve seen and I know why artists are so fond of it. PS I will be recommending your Best Brella to all of my students. — James Sulkowski

I have just used The Best Art Umbrella. WOW! Finally artists have a first class solution for a real problem. The industrial strength clamp worked. Amazing! I will recommend this umbrella to every one of the students that take our painting workshop at The Grand View Ranch in Mt Shasta CA. Yesterday I was painting in a storm next to an old barn and I never had to think about the wind blowing it off.  I’ve used a lot of umbrellas over the past 30 years, but the Best Brella is superior to all, hands down. Bravo!.  This umbrella holds up in very harsh conditions — wind, rain, and most important sun. This is a “must have” for every artist!
— Stefan Baumann The Grand View Ranch Artist Retreat

MCJ with Best BrellaI’ve been using my Best Brella in the past few weeks, and I am delighted with it.
It’s the sturdiest umbrella I’ve come across, and I paint in some pretty windy conditions.

Thanks for making this piece of essential plein air gear.

— Michael Michael Chesley Johnson, PSA, MPAC, PSNM

I really like the Best Brella. It was easy to set up, and I experimented with different ways and places to attach it to my easel, all of which worked. I loaned it to a student one day who had a different kind of easel, and it worked there too. This morning when I started my demo the sun was in my face so I set it up even though there was a bit of wind. I said to the group that I thought it would be a good test of the umbrella. I actually forgot all about it. I painted, walked away from my painting several times, and then suddenly realized I had forgotten to worry about the umbrella. What a nice feeling that was.     — Maggie Price

It has bWatercolor by Mike Kolwaskieen overcast up here in Washington for a bit, however I took out the umbrella yesterday for this watercolor and I was very impressed. I could adjust it in a few seconds to keep the sun out and my view clear. I love well designed products, especially when you are out in the field. The heavy duty clamp is a godsend. I hope these sell well for you. I will certainly recommend these to my students.
 All the best,     — Mike Kowalski

Thank you Patricia. I have to tell you, after looking at all the umbrellas available, you have the product all the others can only wish they had. I can’t wait to paint with it. I know I am going to like it. When your equipment is working, I think you just paint better. And thanks again for your response.—

….I love it! The clamp is a wonderful design; it’s great that you can attach it to either the easel or the chair. The umbrella itself is so lightweight yet really does block the sunlight. Worth every penny for artists who work on location.
— Sally Trace

Like the card says, I have tried the rest. In comparison, this umbrella is incredibly well made.   It works so well! Just wanted to say thanks for a superior product. It really delivers!!!
Robh Ruppel

OMG Patricia! This umbrella is perfect. I’ve purchased 4 umbrellas over the past 5 years and none of them really work “right”.  Texas sun mandates use of shade or cover of some kind. This is the first plein air umbrella that will clamp to all 5 of my various plein air easel set ups. I’m impressed with being able to adjust the angle in virtually ANY direction as well as height.  If you need a testimonial for it, I’m your gal.  I have several plein air events coming up & I’m going to spread the word to every artist.
–Tina Bohlman, Chairman for Ellis County Art Association’s 5th annual Paint Historic Waxahachie

If you are searching for a usable umbrella then your search is over. Best Brella is the one. Clamp it on, straighten the knobs, and you are set to paint and enjoy the experience — without battling your equipment. I love that it will clamp onto my tripod or chair and move in any direction I need it to go.  It’s now as essential to my set up as my brushes Almost all of my plein air students have purchased it and it has freed us from the limitations of finding good shade. Now we can choose the best view the most interesting design or place to paint. We can even paint in the wind! The best recommendation is that I can forget it’s there and just paint!
~Katya Walke

I must say that your umbrella was FABULOUS on my just completed painting trip to Kauai for the First Annual Kauai Plein Air Invitational. I told every artist I saw to rush out and buy one without hesitation. No matter what angle I needed, it was there shading my painting, palette and me. Hopefully, some new sales will come your way. I lOVE my Best!

Best Brella in New BrunswickThank you so much for speedy delivery of my Best Brella!  It arrived in time for my 7 day painting trip to New Brunswick.  Here is a picture of my plein air set up in St Andrews, New Brunswick,I have never been able to paint in the rain w
ith acrylics, now I finally can!  Also a picture of my set up on Seawall Beach in Acadia National Park in Maine on my return trip.  I have tried to get the word out on my blog below and to all my plein air artist buddies here in Maine. Thank you for such a great product!    ~Caren Michel

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  • Simply outstanding product – great service. This is clearly the gold standard for artists. I am very happy I decided to spend the money. It was worth every cent.
  • Fast service, GREAT UMBRELLA!!! Get it.  Robert S.
  • Cute brella. When the snow leaves, I’ll try it out.

  • Great service, no problems

  • Very personable and courteous seller.

  • Service was excellent, item arrived in good condition and very quickly, Thank you.

  • Great!!!!

  • Very pleased. Prompt delivery, well packaged, good product.

  • Great product!

  • This is a top quality plein air umbrella. The first day of use it stood up to wind and reflected heat from a very hot sun. Without its protection I could not have created a lovely painting.

  • Great product, and shipped super fast. Thanks!

  • I’m impressed.

  • Great product and fast shipping.

  • The umbrella came in excellent condition. Thanks.

  • Excellent product and fast shipping. I love the Brella!!

  • Best one on the market today!!

  • Patricia was quick to get back to me with the information that I needed and was a pleasure to deal with. Thank you. I love the Best Brella.

  • I have just used the umbrella once for plein air painting on the Calif. Coastline. Breezing day but the umbrella held fast. Easy to carry with the pouch and easy to connect to the easel. So far, very pleased.

  • Product exceeded my expectations. Well made, well priced and shipped quickly. What’s not to love!

  • Fine experience.

  • Great product. Received it fast.

  • Wonderful seller!

  • I believe I ordered on a Saturday and it was at my door on Monday, and I love this umbrella, it’s everything and more it says.

  • Very prompt receipt of order; as described.

  • Great product, great service

  • Excellent seller! Awesome design on the brella!

  • Super fast shipping. It’s wonderful. Every artist who works outside should have one.

  • A great shopping experience, and a great product.

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