I've been walking daily in the forest lately thinking of trying some oils of it, as a break from the water paintings, but watercolors (my normal plein air medium these days) don't give me enough depth to work from in forest scenes. They're fine for wider landscape or water pieces, but the forest has a lot more density and depth, and I've never been happy with my watercolors inside it.
So I got my pastels out this week for the first time in several years and pulled the big French box easel down from its high shelf. (I usually just take a cushion and do watercolors in my lap.) You can see my set up at the right.
I had forgotten some of my colors, what and where they were, but it felt good to work in pastels again. They're the most immediate medium I use. There's no brush or intermediary. You just pick up a hunk of color and go.
I got all excited about the sycamore and started a painting of it the next day. It's simpler and more styleized than most of mine, and I'm going to keep working on it (I only had three hours by the time I started it before I had to be somewhere else. We'll see where it goes when I get the chance to get back to my easel. I'm also hoping to keep doing more studies and see what else I come up with.