This past month I began what will be a series of canvases based on my visit to Block Island, Rhode Island in September. I plan to present some of these in-progress before posting the final version. This first work depicts one of the hotels on the island, the Spring House. As I do with all of my paintings, I began with a red ground in acrylic. Then, taking a soft brush, I sketched out the composition in burnt sienna. I wanted to give the scene some drama, so I improvised a moody yellow sky as the back drop (ignore the shadow created by my easel in this photo). Soon I will present the finished painting.