Lunch on the Patio is a plein air painting done for a group of students at a private ranch in Los Alamos, CA. The students stayed to have lunch after a morning of painting and the scene was picturesque. The ranch has several old wooden barns and structures, and a vine covered patio just outside the main house. It was a beautiful sunny day and the shade was welcome, plus the wind break of the home. Four of the ladies are students and the fifth is the owner of the ranch, but also a painter. Watching and trying to capture the hand movements and tilts of the head was a fun way to show they were in conversation while enjoying a picnic lunch together.