Tom prepared some wood panels before we left, smaller sizes as we are staying only in a studio-sized room. Besides that, we usually try to accomplish 'studies' while we are away – pieces from which we might derive larger paintings. This assignation allows us the freedom to explore a subject without the pressure of feeling it has to be a really marketable painting to be worthwhile doing.
The scenery is truly inspiring, rich golds, yellows, ochres and browns (lots of oak trees). I have been particularly taken with the tall poplars, spilling their golden coins throughout the tiers of oak, spruce, and bare branches of trees that have spent their glory.
Below is an 8x10 palette knife painting in acrylic, and the scene that inspired it.