Summer vacation is officially over. I've had my last sunny cabin weekend and now starting next week I'm back to my hectic schedule of teaching and dancing. This summer I spent almost every weekend sitting at my cabin relaxing and observing the forest and all the critters that enjoy it. I can sit on the deck all day long watching animals and observing the ever fascinating ecosystem around me. I decided a few weekends ago to pull out my paints and a small canvas to create a plein air painting of one of my favorite trees. I generally don't paint landscapes so this painting was slightly experimental, but I like it. It's kind of cute!