Frank Costantino, “Castine’s Corner Store, Castine, Maine,” watercolor

When time is of the essence and access to supplies is limited, you must be prepared to make the most of what you have. Plein air watercolor painter Frank Costantino offers his best advice for how to handle just about any outdoor painting situation.

What to do….

when there’s the chance for inclement weather. Pack a suitably sized trash bag to protect your work from showers or sudden downpours. I’ve saved many nearly finished watercolors by having one at hand.

if you don’t have an easel umbrella on site. Look for the sun’s track over a few hours to find a convenient shade condition to set up for the duration of work. Sometimes a shaded spot affects your choice of view.

when you need to work quickly with a frame shop for displaying a piece at an event. Pre-size your image area to a planned matte or frame size.

to maximize the placement of your easel on site. Set your easel in the direction of view. Many artists position themselves at right angles to their subject and have to shift view, constantly refocusing between the large-scale view and the reduced image on the easel.

to keep your colors fresh. Remember to pay careful attention to the degrees of paper moisture, as well as the moisture in your brushes.

To learn more about the artist, visit Frank M. Costantino.

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