I did a rough sketch and then once I had the composition right, I settled down to do the painting. 1 1/2 hrs later, it was time for breakfast and I was satisfied with what I had done on location. The rest of the details could be done at home. I took some reference pictures, packed up and headed back home. But the day was just beginning.
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This day was too nice to be spent indoors, so we packed our lunch, paints and paper for everyone, and headed off to a nature reserve about 15 minutes from our home. Up here, nature has still not had its morning coffee so to speak. It is still drab and earthy with almost no greens yet. Still, we had lunch in the shade and settled down to paint in the sun (see Marazine for the family painting results). It was just perfect!
Back in the neighbourhood after the outing, we grabbed some milkshakes from a fast food place and settled in the back yard for some more fun under the blue sky. I took some time to finish the painting and then grabbed a grapefruit-vodka. Ah! Yes. Winter is finally gone and we are blessed with every season.