Tuesday, Jan 6, 1874- Finished my little picture today, or at least finished it as far as I can until I have an opportunity to show it to Eastman Johnson for his advice and criticism. I wrote to him today telling him all about it, how seriously I contemplate trying to become a figure painter and how I have worked away on this. Joe Tomkins arrived this evening from Hillsboro and goes back tomorrow. I took a walk about 4 o'clock. It has rained and "sleeted" all day and the landscape had a peculiar and beautiful effect with the grey sleety fields and patches of leftover snow under a heavy leaden sky. The look off towards Hussey Hill half smothered in mist was particularly fine, all the landscape looking distinct but as if seen through a colored glass very low and grave in tone. It was a subject for a picture.