From: Ramona Dooley http://paintingswithaheartbeat.com/
“One of my favorite flowers is the lovely, graceful and wonderfully fragrant Peony and four years ago I planted them in my garden. Two summers ago, I did a plein air still life painting using my garden peonies. I arranged them in a blue vase and placed cherries on the table. “PEONIES AND CHERRIES” won an award in 2014 and sold at the exhibit!
“PEONIES IN MY GARDEN” is the first large (24 x 24) plein air painting I have done and it was completed in one sitting. When I paint plein air (away from home), I use one of my lightweight easels and store my panels in carriers. When I paint plein air at home (usually of my gardens), I use my French easel. The French easel is heavier but sturdier. Choosing a large canvas to work on was a challenge and I had to paint very quickly to complete this painting in one sitting.
I went into a trance staring at these beautiful peonies – each flower was different; each flower played a special part and their scent filled the air with sweet perfume. There I was on stage – a conductor in front of a major symphony – and the symphony was playing “The Flight of the Bumblebee” and yes, there were quite a few bumblebees.”