I’ve wanted to paint this barn for years, and never got up the nerve to ask permission till a few weeks ago, despite the fact that it’s owned by a friend’s mom. I finally did ask and got an enthusiastic invitation to paint there. I had never explored the property before so I spent some time looking around and choosing the scene I wanted to paint. Even after choosing the barn I had to do a lot of planning of the composition, and try to plan for the moving light. I really like painting a structure as the light is transitioning between shaded and fully lit. In this case I liked the long cast shadow from the roof, but had to capture that fleeting moment as fast as possible . The painting is 30×40″ so it takes a little more thought than a smaller sketch, but it can be a fun challenge to deal with.