I never sent out this post because my intention was to write copy with it, but then my email was down for a bit and it didn't happen; so I have appreciated the comments from those who checked in.
The Fall painting class started up and we are back to painting from still life. Honestly, I have missed it and the change is a welcome one.
My view of the process is very holistic and I can see in my students how much they have gained by spending a summer painting in the landscape. Conversely, we will take what is gained by still life (or any painting from life) and apply it to our future outdoor experiences.