Dodge The Extremes When Watercolor Painting

The location that you choose to do a watercolor painting at can affect the way your painting turns out.

The other day I took a student out to Blendon Woods Metro Park in Gahanna, OH. We were uncertain whether the rain was going to come or not. It came in torrents by the time we arrived. Fortunate for us we parked next to the nature center.

Sometimes you can find a unique view inside a nature center in bad weather.

Sometimes you can find a unique view inside a nature center in bad weather.

Nature centers are a nice place to observe nature if the the weather does not work out for you. If you strategically pick where you want to paint before you go out, you will be able to avoid extremes on many occasions. By extremes, I mean weather, temperature, and unfavorable natural surroundings.

Next time you go out to paint try these steps to determine if the place is right for you before you paint:

1. What is the terrain like?

2. Where is the parking in relation to where I want to paint?

3. Are there restrooms nearby?

4. Am I equipped for the weather?

5. What type of shelter is available if the weather goes bad unexpectedly?

6. Is someone else going to be with me?

Happy painting!

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