So, truth be told- I haven’t done a lot of plein air painting. This summer it is my goal to do much more of it. I have found that painting outside from life is challenging for me because there is too much information. In an attempt to include everything I see the paintings often become sloppy and confused. A photograph filters out some of the noise. A photograph allows me to step away from reality a bit and focus on image, rather than life. However, I see this as an opportunity to grow. A few days ago I took my new portable easel out to the lagoon at Sheridan Park. The sun was shining, it was like 65 degrees. It was also my birthday so I needed a little adventure.