These are some plein air studies done this summer, as a warm up to my plein air painting trip planned for this fall, with Dean Fisher in the Dordogne region of France.
I learned a few things during this trial run:
1. Do thumbnails before you start. So much information in the landscape, a simple value sketch will help. I didn't always do it, but the painters I admire all do.
2. Get the right gear. After struggling with a heavy and bulky wood pochade box, I finally broke down and bought a Strada mini and a lightweight tripod.
3. Don't chase the light! Put the shadows down, and leave them -- better to come back a second day, than to mess up your shadow pattern.