Some days there isn’t a cloud around when I walk out to the pond to paint, so I settle for trying to catch the general color of the morning – and this particular morning it was a nice muted rose. I do find that without the brilliant clouds to try and pin down, I tend to paint much slower – and I’m not sure that’s such a good thing. I start thinking too much and not painting what’s in front of me so much as what I think is in front of me. I lose the spontaneity in my strokes. I know you’re supposed to take your time when you paint, but I’m seriously considering an egg timer – maybe the tick-tick-tick will remind me just to paint and not fuss over details.