I've had good luck with the weather here in far-northern California. It's often foggy on summer mornings, but then it usually burns off to reveal the bright sun in the afternoons. In the painting above, the morning fog was just lifting as I started painting, so I left the background foggy - I like the mystery of it!
The sun was out all day when I took a day hike on the Lost Coast. This is a rugged stretch of the southern Humboldt Coast where there are no roads; one must hike to the beaches. This sketch is only a rude approximation of the rough, windblown and gorgeous surf in that bright light. I couldn't stop watching that energy!