You may have heard…
Looking at your painting in reverse, with a mirror, helps discover
wonkie-ness and other draftsmanship problems.
The reversed image looks new to your mind, so it gives you “fresh eyes.”
Also, the mirror is very helpful in balancing the composition elements left to right.
A Mahl Stick is a suspended ‘stick’ over the painting, used
to steady the hand when painting in a critical area.
It is quite useful for nailing down the smaller shapes in your composition.
If there are figures, animals, or man-made objects at all, chances are,
I’ll use the Mahl stick feature (extends out like a car antennae). And, I use it every time I sign a painting.
Stick one in every setup you have including the studio, so you never are without it!