I was lucky to be able to take Tom Loepp, a local artists, out on the North Platte this week. Tom comes form the plein aire school of painting, the French style that prioritizes the way things look in natural light. It was fascinating to watch him work. I stood in the river and casted, but I was so curious about what he was doing that I took frequent breaks to look at his progress. I didn't catch any fish, but I had a great time eating lunch with Tom under the Russian olives. We talked about his 25 years of living in New York city as an artist.