July 2, 2018
I entered the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival Paint Out this year. Although I loved the experience of painting with other artists at Wayward Winds Lavender Farm, I found the drive to Newberg to be a bit much. Fortunately there was a lavender farm within a short driving distance from my home.
This was painted with oils on a 12×12 canvas, at Hope Family Lavender Farm, on a very hot day in July. It was so hot and bright, that I had to stay in the little circle of shade offered by my umbrella. Always take an umbrella when you are going to paint outside. Surprisingly, it is nearly impossible to see what colors are actually on your palette in direct sunlight.
There were lots of friendly honey bees, and yellow Swallow Tail butterflies on the fragrant lavender.