The days are getting longer and more inviting for painting en plein air. If there is one challenge I am giving myself this year it is to paint out of doors more often. Although I painted this study in my studio today, I consciously placed myself mentally into the setting of being along Etherington Creek. I gave myself the same timeline to capture the important parts of the scene as if I was at my easel along the creek. Is it perfect? Nope. But it is giving me the sense of what the atmosphere would be on this sunny day with shadows cast by the rocks along the rushing water's edge.