Wildfire smoke and excessive heat have kept me indoors for several months. When the dog got desperate for a walk we would keep it short and sweet, and I wore a mask to protect my lungs. 

Then a few days ago we were hit with rainstorms and flash flood warnings. This morning was the first time in a long while that the air was clear, the temperature in the comfort zone, and the urge to paint outdoors was strong. 

I went to the ponds at the OIP where I'd been scouting new vantage points. After dragging my gear from the service road to the waters edge, I spent about 15 blissful mintues sketching (copy above) only to be interrupted by the sound of a big rig semi nearby.   The railroad is now parking their huge trailers on the service road where I'd planned to paint for the next several days. It was disappointing to say the least. 

I do like the direction and promise that I see in the sketch. It is getting smoky again so the afternoon session will have to wait, hopefully we will be back out again tomorrow morning. 

Counting my blessings to have had 15 minutes of pure joy today!