Thursday night’s Social Irrigation at the Botanical Gardens was lovely. The weather was perfect, the music entertaining and the crowd wandering around delightful. So perfect setup for painting to go well, right? As artists it is easy to fall into ruts that are comfortable – and to quote one of my favorite cartoon dogs, “Rut Roe!”, that is just what I did.

My fellow artist and painting friend Dianne, always the kind diplomat, said, I like your work better when you push the color. (Me too!) So why did I play it safe? So the first one is playing it safe, the second is pushing the color. Which do you like best?