I'm having a swell time working on these big sky on the marsh paintings. I will do one more and perhaps get a big canvas to do a large one for the town studio. I always learn a lot about painting after I get back from the residencies. I get interested in a particular subject from the travels and spend some time studying it. It never seems to work when I try to pre-plan what I'm going to study for the year. I am learning to let that go and not try to map out my painting year ahead of time. I'm not sure why that has changed for me . I used to have a rigid plan in January both for marketing and painting. It seems that I have rebelled at the idea of being over organized, and am becoming more open to ideas that just seem to arrive on their own. I think it is improving my work due to keen interest in subjects as they seem to show themselves to me at whim.