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I have a good friend, a fellow artist who happens to be a purist. She only paints from life, whether she is painting a landscape, figure, or still life. She went to the famous Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, VA to work on a 16" x 20" painting seven times! It is indeed a marvelous painting. I joined her only once and whipped out a painting in one session. Both paintings got juried into the same show at the Art League Gallery in Alexandria, VA. How about that!
Anyhow, this friend suggested that we should paint the Dupont Circle Fountain in Washington, DC on location. This well-known local landmark happens to be at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Connecticut Avenue, New Hampshire Avenue, P Street, and 19th Street. Imagine the noise, not alone the crowd and possibly heat and wind as well! I ain't a purist. I said no, took some pictures, and painted "Dupont Circle Fountain" in the comforts of my studio. Am I bad?