A few weeks ago, I suddenly found myself with some free time. It was late afternoon and cold. So I jumped on my bike with my watercolor gear and started roaming the streets looking for a scene to paint.
In this short story, I talk about the importance of retreating from a difficult painting and coming back to it at a later date. I found that I had to make several retreats before I could paint this particular subject well.
I used to think that I had to travel quite far to find beautiful places to paint. However, after 16 years of painting, I have found that some of my best paintings have been done within a short distance of my house.