I hadn't appreciated how much I'd miss a real studio easel ... until I was working on this large 4 ft x 3 ft canvas which was attached to a dining chair with a bungee cord.
Aside from the challenge of painting a view that truly changed every 5 minutes -- you could see the mountains in the distance, then they were covered in clouds, then the sun would break through, then it would rain/snow/sleet, then the snow melted etc. -- it was hard to paint the whole canvas when to reach the bottom edge I had to crouch next to the canvas or bend over. A studio easel lets you raise the canvas so you can paint the bottom at eye level and lower the canvas to focus on the top. What a difference it makes! I'm going to ship this back to my Maryland studio and finish it there.