At least this year, my Texas Mountain Laurel bush is blooming two weeks earlier than usual. I’m so glad I wandered over to check on whether it was in bud, and there are many clusters that are already open. If you don’t know this bush, the clusters smell like grape koolaid, and it was the first shrub I planted when we moved in a long time ago. I went out after 4 to paint it in the afternoon sun and shadows, and I feel like after several years, I finally have a handle on how to express the blooms. Expect to see more paintings over the next week. One of my favorite parts of the bush are the seed pods that linger and over several years they turn rusty and blue but in the first years they are light tan. can you see them in the painting?