I have been out a few times recently but did not make a very good painting on any of those times, I did a little better on this attempt but still feel a bit out of step with painting. My thoughts just aren't there, or maybe they are a bit too much!!! "Do what you have always done, and you will get what youv'e always got" is a quote that I think of often, but can't recall who was the first to say it. With that thought in mind, I decided to work on this one a bit differenly that I may have. I used a piece of white Colorfix paper cut to 8 x 12, and after doing my pencil drawing in my sketchbook to find a comp, and the l/d pattern, I then drew onto my support with orange for the light areas, and red for the dark - - -then washed it with a brush and water to create a value painting in red and orange. Should of taken a photo at that time, but I walked around a bit while it dried and then went into the painting with the colors of the day, as I was seeing them. As the sun went over me, of course, there was more blue in the water, and I knew it was time to stop. I had worked on this for only 1 1/2 hours, but I was tired and ready to go home. There were beautiful things to paint all around me however, and I should of stayed out there and continued. I feel to guilty when I am gone to long, painting although I really don't do much else!!! At lest this year I haven't. Anyhow, until next time. Oh! heres a very good web-site you might like. I study this painters comp's because he has such good ones, and is a plein-air painter. http://www.paulkratterartist.com/ Enjoy!