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Thursday, April 21, 2016
Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC
Jefferson Memorial Among the Cherry Blossoms by Jane McElvany Coonce
Several years ago, I went down to the Tidal Basin and walked around for 2 hours taking lots of photos of the cherry blossoms in bloom. I have never painted anything from all of the pictures I took until this year. I pulled out the envelope of my photos and looked through them until I found the one I wanted to work from. I think it would be impossible to set up and paint from life because there are some many tourists. People would stop and ask questions, and you'd end up talking more than painting. But that site is a beautiful place when the cherry blossoms are in bloom.