I like being outside
Doing studies gives me enough drawing information to do a bigger painting in my studio.
You can do a better drawing than using a photo because the angles are not exaggerated the way a camera does.
It's a chance to get better color for a bigger painting. Even if I get a smattering of the color it helps me when I get back home.
It helps to paint faster.
Improves memory because once you paint something you never forget the place. The first painting was done from the memory I had of this setting when I painted there a couple of years ago.
(Donated to Friends of the Rappahannock event coming up soon)
This 8x10 was my study from the day we painted here. (I changed this a little at home. That high contrast are in the middle towards the front was too strong.)
12 x 16 (on DPW and my website)
Painted when I got home using photos and the study done at the location. I did add color that wasn't there, but I like a lot of color. Even though I add color being there gives you ideas for later.