No, I didn't paint the picture outside. In this heat? No way! A friend of mine who painted with me at Green Spring Gardens Park on Tuesday ended up in a hospital emergency room. Please drink plenty of water and stay cool.
I took the reference photo at River Farm in Alexandria, VA exactly a month ago, and started the painting soon after. But lots of things happened since; it got put aside. Once the excitement is gone, it's hard to get back to that place. Since leaving something unfinished goes against my "I am not a quitter" philosophy, however, I managed to complete "Peach Roses."
As we are getting into the green-green-everywhere-green season, a landscape painter's task is to learn to mix many shades of greens--warm, cool, intense, grayed, dark, pale, etc. I pushed back the distant pergola and the rest of the right side of the painting by using lots of grayed violets. For that reason, the painting is much easier to read than the photo, which tends to flatten space. Now I am done with the darned thing, I can paint something else. Yeah!