Recently, on a rainy February day in the Midwest, I left my house to interview someone for an article. I arrived with coffee, rubber boots, and, just as I was getting out my car, realized I was minus my rain jacket and good camera. When you’re packing up gear, for an interview or a plein air trip, there are certain things that are easily left behind. This is especially true if it’s something you use on special occasions or can run out of, such as in the case of our friend and plein air artist Dan Marshall.
Look closely at his plein air setup above, and you’ll see a non-traditional adhesive. He shared this on Instagram with the following description: “Out painting this a.m., of course I forgot my tape! Luckily found some bandaids in my first aid kit to do the trick!”
I asked Marshall to tell us a little more about it, and he kindly shared more of an inside scoop. “It was also a little below freezing [that day] so I had to add vodka to my rinse cup,” he said. “As I was pouring the vodka into my water a local was just pulling up to see what I was painting; between the bandaids and the vodka I’m sure she must’ve thought this guy is totally insane!”
Marshall offered some advice about being prepared: “It’s important to be flexible and able to adapt to whatever may present itself.”
This begs the question: What adaptation have you had to make recently while painting outdoors? Share it with us in the comments section below, or use #PleinAirToday on social media!