I was so lucky to go to a fantastic party in an amazing garden. I felt like Alice in Wonderland when she was the tiny "weed" in the garden of giant flowers. Live oaks with large canopies were overhead and tall azalea bushes, over 5' tall, lined pathways and cozy spaces to gather. The weather could not have been more perfect. Japanese lanterns glowed in the night sky and the house curved around like an arm hugging you.
Thus, my inspiration to paint "The Party". Painted from memory, this is what I saw and felt. Of course, there were people all about, but, I decided to keep the people in the covered structures for this painting. I painted this when it was fresh in my mind, starting with yellow paint to sketch out the shapes of the structures and then layering in light washes, building up the color.
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