. I always put the canvas directly next to the subject, so when I look at both they line up horizontally. I was taught this method called "sight-size" in 1980, to draw from plaster casts.
This is one of my favorite roads in white creek, I've done a few paintings on it and when I saw how the barn was backlit on this cold clear day with the hill in the distance and a sliver of mountain beyond the road to the right of the barn, Yeah.
The wind wanted to knock the easel over, so I utilized bungee cords and a bucket to weigh down the equipment, I always bungee cord the canvas the the easel anyway.
This time of year I try to find a place that's at least a bit protected from the wind, hill tops are always windy in the winter, so I try to stay in valleys.