At least three bugs were sacrificed in the making of this painting. :|
I do believe plein air painting and life drawing are both essential exercises for visual artists.
Regardless of one's usual projects and styles, these two activities help keep one's eyes open, skills honed and ego in check!
Here is my easel at my sister's country home. The drought has finished and the cattle are deep in pasture. The rains have greened up the hills (well, green for summer in Australia!)