Despite the threat of a heavy thunderstorm, five die-hard plein-air painting friends including myself went out to paint the water lily pond at Green Spring Gardens Park in Alexandria, VA. The thing is that we are not going to have a nice, balmy weather until September in the mid-Atlantic region. We might as well brave the elements so that we can show off to our soft friends what we are made of.
Having said that, it was hot and very, very humid. It would cloud up, making us all nervous, then the sun would return to cast gorgeous shadows on lily pads. The fluctuating light and generally intolerable weather conditions somehow led me to paint decisively so that I could go home as quickly as possible. If I may say so, I like "By the Lily Pond" very much. Unfortunately, I lost the photo file, so I cannot Photoshop it to show you the true colors of the painting.