Usually, I only paint from life but lately with the limitations of time and location, I've been accepting inspiration in *any* form I can get it. Tonight, I was so taken by a photo from an open studio at ArtSquare in Leesburg that I just had to paint it for the simple joy of painting. With only 20 minutes of stolen time to work while my family was at the grocery store (before the bedtime routine began) I enjoyed every brushstroke!

My painting (and this cell phone image of it) doesn't do the original photo justice but it was fun to paint anyway. I've inquired to find out who took the original photo - and will share his/her name when I know it.

example of an 8x10 rapid oil sketch on board

Oh ... I miss open studio time.

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