I have been spending the summer of 2017 painting outside. I often find another artist and we go together, but today I will go with my son, who loves to fish, and I will paint while he waits for a bite. Painting outside is not easy, but it is the best! Bugs, people, animals, heat, wind, rain, and equipment failures can be frustrating, but the experience is invaluable because it forces me to respond to the whole environment. What I see, smell, feel, hear, etc. are all a part of it. Conveying all of that with my painting is what I aim to do. When Winter comes, I will head into the studio to paint, but my time outside will inform what I do. I will refer back to my summer work and to embark on a series of larger paintings that will echo my summer plain air series.