Rancho Queimado- in the mountains, oil on card, 14 x 15 cm
Aguas Mornas- logs, oil on card. 15.5 x 14.5 cm
It's slightly cooler- just about tolerable, therefore- to drive to the mountains and do some work.
When painting you are very alone. Your're in this arena against the subject and your own worst instincts. You just have your paints and and your thoughts as weapons, and you have to be determined, or very lucky to win. Or sometimes you have to know when it's right to cede defeat and abandon the work. Clarity of mind is everything, and that's why solitude is so essential, as is the right mental state to begin: humility, courage, stoicism...