I am not a plein air painter but I do like painting outside on a beautiful day. Because I am a home-body I especially enjoying painting in my own garden on a beautiful, sunny day. These are the times that, even though I am not using my surroundings as direct inspiration, I am indirectly inspired...through the colours of the sky and the sun-dappled light filtering through the tree branches. As I paint I see the contrast between light and dark, complimentary colours, and interesting textures and compositions in this environment which all seems to find its way onto my canvas. Here's to more beautiful days during the summer days that lay ahead.