Another day at Lake Elkhorn – this time on our regular plein air schedule. The weather was hot and humid, but not as bad as it had been at the end of July. Not much sun, though, was able to break through the cloud cover, so the one area I’d wanted to paint was not really very interesting. We had a good turn-out: Rita, Maria, Brenda, Barbara, and I were joined by an artist new to our group, Adron. I decided to do a pastel sketch of a lovely white mulberry tree that leans out over the lake, and I spent about two hours on that. However, I was (and remain) disappointed with the result. I liked the initial drawing I did: the real problem occurred in the application of pastel. I lost the sweep of the branches and the beauty of the lines. I think the tree – its shape and movement – is a far better subject for a graphite drawing, so I took a bunch of photos and will hope to work on it, one of these days.