I participated in my first paint out event in a local town and was reminded how important it is to keep the painting brush strokes LIVELY. Because I paint almost every day, I have been using a brush and a palette knife and maybe drifted toward making things look "wrapped up" and polished at the end. In plein air, it is essential (IMHO) to show the energy of the artist's mark making because of the limited time. I did this peony painting today and paid careful attention to the marks I made and tried to keep the surface "fresh looking" as a result. It was a step in the right direction!