My artist friends Ruth Andre (http://apaintingday.blogspot.com/) and Howard Rees (http://www.howardreesartist.com/) met up with me in Amador City with every intention of painting outside. After three or four days of almost solid rain, I think we were all more than ready. Although the forecast promise a mostly sunny day, the morning was threatening rain and it was COLD! I know, I know, us Californians are whimps. I'm embarrassed to say that it was cold cause I've seen plenty of pictures of brave eastern artists in snow suits and fingerless gloves standing in a drift, painting. But nonetheless...it was COLD! So we retired to Howard's house to paint in his studio. He set up a challenging still life and we spent a warm couple of hours happily painting.