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One spring day, I went to The Mall with my family and saw the rose garden at the eastern end of the Smithsonian Castle. The air was so thick with the rose perfume that you couldn't have missed it while walking by. I didn't, however, stop to take pictures because I had company. So I went back a couple of days later, hoping that the heavy rain the day before didn't damage the flowers in full bloom. I timed it carefully so that the garden would be basking in morning sun as you can see above.
So far, so good. Painting the scene was not as easy. It was tough to make the various components of the picture--the castle with a complicated mock medieval architecture, two big trees, garden, benches, etc--work together harmoniously without drawing too much attention to the castle. I finally finished "Smithsonian Castle Rose Garden" yesterday. I am going to enter it in The Art League's annual landscape show in two weeks. We'll see how it goes.