Sometimes you just need to get back into a routine, do something that makes you feel "normal"; no drama, no urgency. Acknowledging that my September theme is "guilt", the only thing I can say about that is that I have none.
I wanted to paint the trees, so I did.
After a week of recuperation I was more than ready to tackle these four again. Once I started, time fell away and the painting took over. If you can't be in the woods, you can paint them, and the experience is equally valuable. Maybe more so.
I've decided to go back out and keep at this stand of birches. Their colors change throughout the day, and I have a hankering to get to know them better before the season turns and they drop their leaves. When they do turn, that will be my signal to start a whole new series of studies.