Most of my landscapes are plein air works in oil, pastel or acrylic. Picking a site, the size and shape of the canvas or paper, and doing some preliminary sketches can take me hours. Often I just sit on a stool with my sketch pad and write about the colors, mood, and feelings I am having about the location. Its amazing how often my notes can take me back to the initial spark I wanted to capture in a work. Photos are helpful but they never seem to catch the interplay of light and shadow, the ambient coloration of the scene or depth of field.
Certain locations call me back. I love the Hokianga in Northland, the lavender of Mantanza Creek Winery in Sonoma, Sonoma Coast seascapes, and Outdoor Cafes in France and New Zealand.