On my last day painting in Naperville’s historic district last month, I searched for one final spot to set up. I almost forgot about the First Congregational United Church of Christ at Benton and Center. I’d been near there a couple of times and admired the church’s design as well as the way the light played through the tree branches on the limestone facade. This time, I set up on Benton along the sidewalk. Being in a more public place is usually very fun: people will stop to chat, and even get out of their cars to talk to you. I had two such folks this time. One woman told me she and her mom had taken a plein air painting class in Door County. She was feeling inspired by my work and planned to get out her art materials again. Then, a mom and her two children stopped to talk. They had driven past on their way to swim practice, and, on their way home, got out to see how I had progressed. There’s no art experience quite like plein air painting – and I love it.