I missed the warmest, sunniest part of the day.

Pine Tree oil sketch

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