|"Rose Arbor" (oil on linen, 8" x 10")|
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River Farm in Alexandria, VA used to be owned by George Washington; it is now the headquarters of the American Horticultural Society. It is also beloved by plein air painters who are welcomed to add the artistic touch to the already enchanting landscape. Sara Linda Poly's plein air class met there yesterday on a perfect spring day. I painted "Spring at River Farm" at my favorite spot, looking at the stone statue of a young faun (or satyr, as the ancient Greeks would have called it) through the red-brick pergolas.
As you can see, I have already painted the same scene from a different perspective. What was funny is that my friends also painted their favorite scenes they had painted before: Charlotte painted the white manor house as she did the last year and Alice painted the azaleas against trees likewise. We seemed to be obsessing over the same thing all over again! This is something on which psychologists can shed light.