Here are three plein air paintings I did last week while the weather was so amazing.
The Mike Malm workshop inspired me to do some more painting from life. There seems to be so much that you lose in a photograph, even a really good one. But the real benefit of painting from life is that you tend to paint quickly. This causes you to focus less on the details and just see the big picture, or, in other words, the composition and value shapes. Details are just icing on the cake. Even really good icing can't fix a nasty cake.