This access point to the French Broad, Ledges River Park, 15 minutes from the studio, is pretty nice for plein air sessions. It's not great the way the sun travels relative to the river but the area has a parking lot and is pretty quiet during the week. There are a lot of spots to pick from that are flat and right on the river. It would be nice if the views were down the river as opposed to across it but that's the challenge.
My wife Lisa & I set up there on a gray, misty, morning last week and spent a very peaceful and enjoyable 4 hours trying to capture some of the mood of the day. I picked a vantage point looking upstream and she picked a downstream view. We had a few brief showers but with umbrellas attached to our easels it was really not an issue. Now the task at hand is to see if back in the studio I can make a good finish built on top of the study.
Next time I'll be sure to bring my longer lens to capture in closer focus the spontaneous moments that offer great shots for other paintings back in the studio.