Lily is the newly adopted puppy of my painting buddy Vanessa. She comes along on our plein-air painting outings to greet passers-by and other dogs. Last week we went to the Mall to paint the Smithsonian Castle. It was a hot and humid day, so we sought a shady spot behind the castle in Enid Haupt Garden. Soon we were bombarded by biting bugs and curious tourists. After about an hour of torments, we escaped to a nice sidewalk cafe in Shirlington, VA. There I took a picture of Lilly, now immortalized in my painting.