The month of July, and for a few more days, I've been landscape painting in St. Petersburg. I graduated from the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in this beautiful city, and I have family and colleagues here . My wife and I met here tweny-five years ago. the northern light makes for a very different landscape than I've been painting in Mediterranean destinations, so I was looking forward to the change. Unfortunately, rain and wind were not in my favor. It's been a logistical puzzle to get time in plein air without storm gear. More often than I liked I painted by the window on the landing outside our apartment. But there have been some very good days. Here, I'm working on a composition of St. Isaac's Cathedral near the Neva river.