The world is such a wonderful place, and there’s no better way to see it than with paintbrush in hand. This is especially true for beginning painters. The most common fault I’ve found among my students is their dependence on a camera. Cameras lie! The lens of a camera is not capable of reading the light and shade of a landscape with the same precision as the human eye. And nothing can replace sitting down in front of a landscape and trying to put what you see down on paper. The beauty of the sketch is that you’re not tempted to try for a masterpiece. Sketching is really thinking and feeling on paper. If, in the process, you enjoy the beauty of a new and different locale and meet the local people, the painting experience is immeasurably heightened.