I was wandering around the Cleveland Park section of Washington, D.C., looking for a good spot to paint, when I came across this colorful tree guarding a block of Newark Street. I immediately set up shop and put down two brushstrokes (transparent red oxide, for you painting gurus out there). Just then one of my relatives happened to pull up to the intersection in her car, and we had a nice chat. After she left I had another dozen passersby visit me while the painting was in its ugly stage. When the picture finally started to look like something, I was all alone! But no matter: it was a glorious, breezy day, and the trees were wonderful company.