As often as I can, I enjoy painting en plein air (fancy French phrase for painting outdoors to capture the existing light). This type of painting is not for the faint hearted... you have to work quickly and often in adverse conditions, be it extreme heat, rain, blizzards,high winds...or worse! Many a painting has left my easel and gone airborn in California's Santa Ana winds. You have to love those carpenter ants also. They seem to enjoy nibbling on your ankles.. must be their dessert! Oh.. forgot to mention friendly snakes and curious rodents!