7am sunday morning ~ morning clouds ~ by dawn chandler ~ oil on panel ~ 6 x 6 inches ~ copyright dawn chandler 2012

Thank goodness I opened the blinds. And when I did, my breath halted. This is the view from my studio, just a few minutes ago.

This is “plein air” painting — painting from life. It’s darn tricky to do, and I haven’t even attempted it in at least four years. 

More about that later. But for now, while a fresh pot of tea steeps and my neighbor’s rooster’s crow is just audible through the cracked window, I’m thinking “not a bad beginning…Not bad at all!