Plein air painting can get to be a mental endurance test, so here are some tips to keep concentration high.
by Robin Purcell
1. When I feel my concentration lagging, I turn my easel to where there is a fairly long clear space in front of it and count off 100 steps. Walking back to the painting I see what needs to happen next from being farther away from it.
2. My next tip has to do with using Altoids (the mints in the little rectangle metal tin). Keep them on hand – peppermint is said to help with focus.
3. The last tip is to use my photo camera to take a picture of the in-process painting on my easel. The small format helps me see compositional problems.
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