It took a little pushing myself, but yesterday I got out painting of one of our few dry days lately. It was in the high 40*'s which is usually too cold for me but yesterday it was OK. No wind and a few sun breaks. I'm trying working on my plan to do a quick color sketch outside then do a larger painting inside. It helps remove the pressure I normally feel to come up with a finished painting. Unfortunately, I'm still pretty slow coming up with the sketch.
I've been working on painting inside from color sketches done outside. I was in Texas taking a workshop from Julie Davis recently. I really love her work and came home with lots of things to think about and work on. This old outbuilding was one of many at the ranch where we were painting.
I painted this in June, I believe. It is in a lovely farming area just east of I-5. I used to take my dad for drives out there. It was 2013 when I brought him to Eugene. He was failing physically and mentally. Although he was living in a facility, I spent a lot of time with him and handling his financial and legal affairs. I wanted to do that, but it took my focus away from painting. He passed almost 2 years ago. This is a long winded way of saying I am so glad to finally be focusing on painting again.