I’ve been busy reacquainting myself with oil painting over the last couple of weeks and it feels great. I’ve even gotten out and done some plein air painting north of San Francisco. This first painting, August Field, was started that morning and finished at home. I’m still focused on thinking in terms of composition and experimenting with how the elements of a painting support each other. It really makes the whole painting process more enjoyable and engaging. I’m planning to continue oil painting on small canvases or panels like this one, experimenting with composition and, eventually, produce some larger works. This second painting was produced from a photograph taken on the same morning of painting outdoors.