I spent the past couple of days at Callaway Gardens in Georgia, teaching a watercolor workshop. I've taught there for the past 6 or 7 years and typically go in April which is prime time for azaleas. Each year the flowers are different depending on the weather that season, but this year is particularly colorful and we may have caught things at their peak.
Most of the students were pretty new to painting outdoors . We spent the morning working on painting an azalea bush as a mass rather than individual pieces and also working on how to mix a variety of natural greens ( as opposed to many of the green paints which straight from the tube look very unnatural).
Then in the afternoon we examined reflections of the flowers in the lake
The highlight of the day for me was seeing my students amidst the flowers, immersed in painting on an absolutely beautiful day.