During this summer I spent more time than ever painting outdoors on location.

I find that certain conditions have more appeal for me than others: early morning; dusk; mutable subjects like water; backlighting (although it means looking into the sun, which can be taxing on the eyes); and the single well-lit object, which has long held my interest.

It has occurred to me that the clearer my
idea, and the more simply I can state it, the more appealing I find the resulting painting.