Although currently working on studio paintings indoors, at the end of each session I try to make a plein air sketch -luckily I can just step outside. This direct observation work helps me immensely when addressing middle tones/values/edges in the larger studio works.
*and I just really love the subtle breath of winter light
December, remains of the day, oil / cold wax on canvas, 16x20in, copyright Jan Yates 2014
and on a field note: