I needed to step away from the flag painting for a little bit... I was starting to dab and that is normally a sure sign that the painting is either completed or I am running out of ideas. It is dangerous to over-work a painting and the result of doing so is seldom good. I picked up my plein air kit and stopped on the dock looking out across Jim Day Rapids and toward my favourite slab of granite. It was 9:30 am and I finished before noon. The sun was really strong and I was starting to burn. The changing light and the strong May sun are both good reasons to concentrate on colour and structure and to forget the details.