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Painting outdoors

If you’re going outdoors to paint, consider this: if you have trouble with watercolors drying too fast on a hot day, add a little glycerin to your mixing water. Be careful - don’t add too much. A drop or two of glycerin in a quart of water is enough to use - it will slow up the drying process.

Don’t work at high noon outdoors. The midday sun saps color from landscapes and the overhead light makes forms less defined. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times for painting.

Place a sheet of white paper about ten feet in front of you when you paint. Relate the colors seen in the landscape to its whiteness and use it as a guide. You’ll notice that what appears to be a white building or a white cloud isn’t really white at all!