After surviving ant bites while painting these blooms from my garden yesterday, I took several photographs in my garden and then came inside and painted from them. I have heard, and am now experiencing first hand, how painting from life enhances the experience and the painting, and I’m thoroughly enjoying this rhythm! I’ve heard an interview with plein air artist Anne Blair Brown speaks to this topic, and it’s a great interview if you’d like to listen. I may have mentioned this before. It’s on the AHA (Artists Helping Artists) podcast.