Have you ever gone to some beautiful location to paint or sketch, and then found yourself so overwhelmed with so many fabulous—and complicated—things to paint that you wind up spend the whole time running around looking for a subject? Or you just take a zillion photos, because you just can’t see any way to paint all that in a short time in the field?

Have you ever come back from a trip like that and struggled to capture the real feel of the place in a painting, even though you did take a zillion photos?

In this demo, I’ll talk about some strategies I use to manage the overwhelming amount of information when painting on location, so sketching enhances my enjoyment, instead of raising my stress level. And so I have a better chance of coming back with photos and sketches that I can actually use to create satisfying, personally meaningful paintings.