It was a cold and almost rainy morning at Descanso Gardens for a recent paint-out. It was only a week after I painted the piece for my "Ginkgo!" post but the day seemed very different to me. The ginkgo trees weren't as yellow, the sun wasn't so warm, and upsetting headline news. To me the threatening clouds and the mountains, which seem very close when you're at Descanso, really dominated the day so I wanted to try painting them. Since there are so many old and tall trees there, a good view of the mountains is a little hard to find. The dark clouds kept changing, adding and subtracting shadows from the mountains. Sometimes the mountain tops were covered in a cloud. And, it was the coldest weather in which I've tried to paint. Since I only started plein air painting last March I wasn't out last winter! Brrr!