My plan was to paint the fields and groups of trees with sunlight illuminating the upright trees trying to catch the early morning light.
When I walked into the one field with a horse path I saw a field of yellow and decided to sketch this bit of color on a drab morning. I am currently working on a 12x16 painting of this scene using this sketch as reference.
After I finished this I wanted to take a look at a farmhouse a couple of fields over. On the way I stopped to watch a baby Grey Catbird catching insects on the path. It was amusing watching him fly a little, look and grab a morsel.
When I got to the farmhouse the skies were starting to brighten up a little so I set up to paint.
Both sketches are 5x7
On my way back who do I run into but the Catbird sleeping right in the middle of the path.
I gently picked him up and put him under some bushes out of harms way because the path is used by bike riders, joggers, and people walking who might not see him.
It turned out to be a good morning after all.