Orange Trees at Muir's Orchard
Luckily for us, it was a mostly sunny day during our second week at John Muir's Historical Site. This is a very small oil painting for me (11 x 14"). I was in a hurry because I got there late, and did not have time to work larger. It is certainly true that painting will get you to really see things for the first time: I wanted to paint the orange trees I had seen before because they reminded me of the orange groves I had experienced in my childhood. Joan and I had both been interested in this humdrum house but she ended up painting a different view. I focused on making the grass feel grassy.