On Saturday a few friends and I participated in the Port Jefferson Garden Tour. I believe there were around 6 gardens that were on the tour and each garden had 1 or 2 artists painting. I was randomly assigned a garden and had no idea what I would find. Although the garden wasn't super inspiring I found a view that I liked that contained a lot of hydrangeas. Saturday was a very hot, sunny, humid day, but I was able to see this view from the homeowner's patio above the pool. From there I was able to paint from under a big market umbrella. The homeowners were very nice and had lemon infused ice water, lemonade, and cookies and cake for the visitors and me. So it was a bit uncomfortable but bearable. This painting is 8 x 10.
Here is the painting as well as the view I was working from.
I was at the garden from 11 until about 3:30. When I finished the first painting I had enough time to start another one. This view was looking toward the harbor which you could barely see through the foliage past the birdhouse. This painting was 5 x 7.
Lucky for me the owners loved both and bought both paintings. Yay!!!
Just a side story...one of my friends was painting at a different garden and the homeowner came over and asked her if she was going to give the painting to her. I don't understand how someone can watch as you spend hours painting something, as Susan said "out in the blazing sun" and expect to get it for free. Why would someone even think that?