Hi Karl! Yes outside equiptment...I use a French easel and a collapsible palette called and easel pal. Some of the manufacturers call them things like < "The French Mistress", I think Jack Richeson company has somee of these for sale. I would suggest a google search for a manufacturer in Germany so you don't get stuck with outlandish shipping costs. I'm sure there are some. Good luck with it all and please send photos of your work along sometime.