Sometimes while painting plein air you need a steady hand to add some detail in an already painted area. For doing this, there is no other tool that will allow you to rest your brush hand steadily above the work like a handy mahl stick will do. But how many plein air painters will go to the trouble to carry one? They’re cumbersome, fragile and just aren’t high on the priority list of things to bring for the always Spartan-minded plein air painter…but wait! Watch this video for a handy plein air tip that might just change your mind about bringing along a mahl stick.