I've been getting out early each morning, while the shadows are still long, and doing what I call silhouette drawings. The prairie grasses and wildflowers are gorgeous and I can see some of the silhouettes making it into my finished work back in the studio. The sun is strong out here and I searched out SPF 100 today! Found some - it was even SPF 110. I'm heading out early, trying to stay out of the sun in mid-day and heading out again late afternoon to paint in color.
The following painting is giving me a little grief in that, since it's a late afternoon scene, the sun starts to change the light too much for me to finish. It's 2 days painting for about 1 1/2 hours so far and I'm not feeling it's resolved.
Then there's the little painting I did looking west toward the woods. I'm understanding the structure of the land better and dusting off the color theory that Professor Billie Theide so lovingly taught me at University of Illinois all those years ago. http://art.illinois.edu/people/theide/
Tonight as I'm writing this, we heard 3 barred owls just outside the house - saw one up a tree with the flashlight! I'd never heard one of them before. The payoffs of being in the middle of the country! And don't even get me started on the stars!