Along with 100+ other artists, I took advantage of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens week of open admission to artists for plein air painting on the Gardens grounds. It was Memorial Day week and a few of the days were washed out but a few of the days were just fine for setting up and painting. The problem was there was just so much to choose from. I settled on a little tableau off the Steep Trail where early azaleas were in bloom. Working in acrylic and fighting the mosquitoes, on day two I completed "Early Azaleas." After the week of painting, over 70 artists submitted a work for the Gardens plein air show and the resulting show was wonderful, with a lot of good value art. My "Early Azaleas" managed to sell (yay). I forgot to take a picture of the final work (boo). The Gardens are always a great visit.