I missed the warmest, sunniest part of the day.
Afraid that the wind might pick up and the sun stay behind the clouds I quickly set up my easel on the front porch. The clouds allowed the sun to cast shadows intermittently, creating a kaleidoscope affect of shapes and patterns within the pine tree. This is one of two, thirty minute sketches I painted before my nose got cold and the sunlight no longer struck the branches of the giant pine.
Oil on gessoed birch panel