I have always loved the sketches that Virginia Hein does on the road in California, so on a recent trip through northern Vermont I thought I'd try out the exercise. I had this notion that I would have these mountain vistas in front of me for many minutes at a time and I would be able to capture them before another view opened up. But I was wrong about how long they lasted. It was mere seconds and then the scene would be different. In essence I had to take a photo in my head of what was in front of me, make a few quick pencil marks and then try to paint from memory. Each of these probably took 5-10 minutes and it was an excellent exercise in mixing colour and putting values down quickly.