I have always painted in my studio mostly using photographs, occasionally from life(i struggle in drawing from life). Now I want to improve my skills, draw& paint more from life. To start with I want to do basic studies like objects, foliage, flower , lawn in natural setting. I need guidance in bare minimum set up. Also I want to avoid shadow box , my shadow box is too bulky to move around. My questions are around:-
1) How to fix my composition within the frame - Mark had suggested a rectangular cut out to visualize the composition from life . But how & at what distance should I fix it while painting .
2) what points should be kept in mind while setting up still life (without shadow box - indoor / outdoor)
3) Natural / Indoor light - For this experiment i don't want to stress too much on 5000K light. So i will not add any additional light on my still life.
4) Easel - I don't have a portable easel for small paintings, are there any alternatives . Table top easel is in my mind.
Thanks a lot for your help