I’ve been painting a couple of small (5×7″) oil sketches lately. They are fun to make when I don’t have a lot of time or just want to try out a visual idea to see if I want to pursue a more detailed painting of it. It’s a great exercise in design– the small scale makes you really think about making each brush stroke have a purpose. They are kind of like poems– trying to say something big with limited means. Can you recognize the locations? Hint: the later one has some authentic Summerland dirt on it from when it took a face plant as I was carrying it.