I'm caring for a long haired dachshund who is 15 going on 16 with lots of grey hair and very little energy. She loves being outside and wants to be next to me, but can't tolerate winds above 8mph, too much sun, cloudy days with no sun at all, temps above 60 degrees without shade or below 55 degrees without sun.
But with spring comes the hope that this year will be the year that I go out and plein air paint. So I try out the gear and equipment on my deck while the dog sits under the chair hoping that the sun doesn't move any further up on her body because then she will have to move.
We were enjoying daytime temperatures in the upper 70's to low 80's here in Virginia last February. I took advantage of the opportunity to visit Virginia Beach to paint outside. Over time, the following tips have proven themselves to be valuable when painting outside: