I have officially used the "studio" in the basement. I painted for almost 3 hours... until my nose got too cold. (Now that I am in the main part of the house, I realize that I'll need to wear fingerless gloves, another extra sweater and perhaps find a more forceful space heater. BUT... the space is great! The new drafting chair (raises, lowers, spins, has casters) is fabulous.
I am enjoying my new tempered glass palette. It wipes off and cleans up like a dream. Who knew that my butcher tray was relatively porous? And what a treat to be able to leave things out and ready to go! The lighting is way better than anticipated even on a very dark day. It has just switched from sleet to snow AND sleet! And in spite of it not being 5 pm yet, it is relatively dark out.
By the way, "Best" refers to the model of easel, not anything else.