In the last week, I started to read a book I always wanted to read, Modern Painters by John Ruskin. He wrote, "It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated; far more difficult to sacrifice skill and cease exertion in the proper place, than to expend both indiscriminately." The above two pastels were done outside at the same location in Washington Crossing Park this weekend. I am not satisfied with either. However, I have learned from both exercises. I need to apply Ruskin's advice when working outside.