No time to paint today. This is a painting I made last week, when it was actually raining. It measures 40 x 30cm and is made from hand-made egg tempera paints. I am particularly happy with the outcome, which was pretty spontaneous. Once you start tinkering with a painting, especially one with translucency, it can all go horribly wrong. Since visiting China in 2015, I became interested in the tenet of the Northern Song Dynasty painters to evoke a scene abstractly. Painters would immerse themselves in the environment and return to their studios to render the experience . The work was often executed quickly and with minimal fuss. The brushwork for these pieces requires a confidence and assuredness that takes many paintings to master ... when I say master, I am in no way implying mastership. A painter never stops learning.