En Plein Air

Natural light makes a big difference. It’s why many of the great watercolors were done en plein air.

It’s amazing how bright sunshine, an ocean backdrop, a blue sky, a few shells, and several trillion grains of sand can make a few abandoned beach chairs and an umbrella into a colorful scene that might appeal to a member of the impressionist school.

Clinging To That Last Bit Of Color

It’s always sad when a killer frost does its dirty work and our patio flowers die — but even after they go to the Great Garden In The Sky, the blooms can retain a certain subtle beauty.  This fall, our dead yellow zinnias have a distinctly impressionistic feel, as they cling to the last drop of their once vivid colors.