A not-entirely-serious painting stood on my French easel in fall 2001. I still use this sturdy easel, as well as the green-handled Silver filbert brushes. If you study historical representations of artists' palettes, white is always placed near the finger-hole. In fact, the color arrangement seen on this palette would have been familiar to artists of the sixteenth century.
Once I briefly left my easel in the backyard seen here and our neighbor, a distinguished college professor, pounded on the door to warn us that a furry animal was prowling near it: "I don't know if beavers eat paint!"