Ringling Rose Garden, 8x10" oil, plein air, ©Diane Mannion
Painted at the Ringling Museum Rose Garden with a hardy group of Peace River Painters. I was first to arrive and met an official rose garden pruner, who puttered about snipping roses beyond their prime and tenderly inspected each plant... not an easy job with 1200 plants to care for.
The 27,225 square foot, rose garden, was completed in 1913 by Mable Ringling. After falling into disrepair it was lovingly restored by volunteers led by horticulturalist, Ron Mallory. It's now one of the most outstanding rose gardens in the nation.
I couldn't find a shady spot, so stood in the sun (almost 90!) for two hours, not too bad with large hat and shirt. Experimented with a car sunscreen to shade my canvas and palette. Will be traveling this summer by air and don't want to bring my painting umbrella, so this should work fine. But did have to hang onto it when the wind kicked in! Was time to leave, anyway. Finished details on statue later.