When I teach in Eugene in August, we`re going to sketch on location then paint from those drawings back at the gallery. This is how I always worked until digital photography came into practice. I would carry tiny sketchbooks with me and do quick notations of the landscape which became paintings, sometimes years later. I`m convinced I was able to do this with so much time having elapsed because of the mental imprint made when I drew the scene. The character of the place still came through.