It's been quite a year to remember thus far, both good and bad swirled together. And with all of the ugliness in our personal lives and in the media, it remains vitally important to keep putting beauty into the world. So many tragedies have taken beautiful people out of our lives this year and that deficit of goodness becomes our responsibility. I took up plein air painting this summer and it was been very therapeutic, it allows me to unplug and really take in all of the details that surround me. This is a recent 12x12 oil that I did during our Blick Charity event, the leaves were just starting to change on Lake Storey in Galesburg, and it was a gorgeous sunny fall day. I only had an hour and a have to get to work, so it's not as polished as I usually paint but I've learned that it's not always the polish that's important, it's capturing a mood. When you have to paint fast, you make instinctual decisions that are many times more honest than the calculated ones, you quickly react and keep re-reacting until the time runs out. And that's life, it's messy, it's painful, and it's beautiful.