The rain held off just long enough for Tom and me to enjoy our first outdoor dinner of the year.
I had hoped to paint the view of the open field as it bends down toward the woods, the trees hinting at the leaves that will be bursting out soon. Instead, I retreated to the protection of the entrance to our Secret Garden that is covered by a small roof. The sun vanished behind the clouds and the range of values and hues diminished drastically.
The painting ended up a confused mix of reality and what I wanted the reality to be, flat light mixed with a bit of light and shadows. Occasionally the sun would peak out to see what I was doing.
Oil painting on 5 inch x 5 inch wood panel toned first with a thin wash of terra rosa.