Cold and flu season has kept me grounded for a while. In spite of that I took a paintbox down to the river last Saturday. However the cold, overcast and drizzly weather convinced me to just do some sketching. The sketch shown above was done with charcoal and white pencils on gray paper. It was kind of disappointing to not paint, but it was good to be out sketching and doing something. Besides that, any and all sketching contributes in positive ways to the next painting.