Thanks to Tom’s gift of a mountaineering compass, I know exactly which direction I am facing when I paint en plein air!

12:30 pm, facing East, October 18, 2012

Yesterday, based on the position of the sun, I guessed that I was facing East.

8 am, 60 degrees East-North-East, Polt Mountain, NJ, October 19, 2012

No more guesswork! When I awoke, the cornfield and harvested part of the cornfield were both bathed in a pinkish glow.  Within minutes of painting this little sketch the sky turned gray and the rain shower began.