Great Thomson story, Wayne. I'm just back from my trip tonight-- completed 11 small plein air pieces, and geez am I tired! But, one night when I was especially tired and a little discouraged, my sweetie asked me where I wanted to paint the following day, WHAT I wanted to paint-- and I told him that all of my problems with painting were "in here", not "out there", meaning that it wasn't the scene, the light, or anything else out there giving me problems. My problems were MY problems, and nothing to do with the landscape itself.
But, we had a wonderful time, and I've spread out my work and been looking at it. None of them are perfect, but they were all wonderful fun, and several of them I will re-do as larger studio pieces. I'll start photographing and posting the better ones tomorrow. As a big bonus, we moved a lot and reconnoitered a large swath of Texas, found a lot of great painting spots, and took probably a couple hundred digital photos, so I have source material to last me for months.