I learned to paint cross legged on the floor. I have easels now, but I still paint with my panel on the floor. The advantage to painting on an easel is that you make fewer mistakes.One artist told me that standing at an easel added fluidity to your painting by allowing you to make broad sweeping strokes. He even recommended painting japanese characters in ink on an enormous pad of news print to get me to kick the crosslegged habit. I was working on a landscape today and had to correct a simple building line because I was painting on the floor again. Will I stop painting on the floor? I’d like to say that I’m turning over a new leaf and go easel only but there must be some reason why I do this and for the life of me, I can’t figure out what it is.