What are you trying to communicate? Where should the viewer to focus? What makes the image pop?
5 Ways Critical Observation Will Change Your Life
It was critical observation that allowed Sir Isaac Newton to define gravity after watching an apple fall to the earth from a tree.
To paint a snowdrift, stand knee-deep in snow.
It you feel the ice cold snow in your boots, you know you are in the right place. This is the mindset of a “plein air” painter.