Today was a plein air day. Light winds, cold, but very beautiful out in nature. With spring just getting started the sublte nuances of color and value becomes important in landscape work. So getting out painting is of particular importance. It is not just about green. It is about the suble changes of winter wheat colors to green that become important.
The first two photo's were taken on The Dalles Mountain Road. I painted just off the road and enjoyed the dust that blew into my face and everything else whenever a car went by. This is a gravel road and the wild flower viewers were out in force. Most automobiles went by at a reasonable pace with a bit less of that lovely dust in my face. It was the locals with dogs riding shotgun that seemed to be in the biggest hurry. I am sure it was just another work day for them.
Then I went down to the Little Klickitat to do a study of young Cottonwood trees.