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On the second day of Danni Dawson's workshop, I decided to paint the studio of her husband and fellow artist Mike Francis, a charming stone cottage with wooden doors draped with grapevines. As I painted the scene in the shade of a plein-air umbrella, the overcast sky eventually cleared by the afternoon. The sun moved to cast the lovely shadows of grape leaves on the old, patinaed doors.
I used to "mass produce" these plein-air paintings two a day during a workshop. No more! I took my time by carefully observing the growth patterns and cast shadows of grape leaves, and finished the painting on the following day. It was a lot of fun and not as exhausting!