This trip has been good for me because I've realized (here at the end) what I like to paint most outside. I really like small, close-up scenes like this, of things like houses and cars, etc., and not so much the vistas. Even though the vistas are always beautiful to look at, I find them difficult paint. And I'm not inspired by them. I don't think "oh cool, I want to paint that!" But I look at a scene like this and I get excited. And all the time it was right outside the front door!! The light you see in the window is for the table we eat at. And the chair is where I sometimes sit and read while Jacob (son, 5) plays in the creek next to the house.
I will paint once more tomorrow, and then we head back. I am hoping I still fit into the airplane - I must have gained 50 lbs eating all this wonderful German food! I have learned to say, very well, "Ich bin sat," which means, "I am full," but apparently I never say it soon enough.