Wow! Thanks to Linda, Cathleen, Cherie, and KC for your kind words! Especially since the reproduction is kinda crappy! Any advise on how to keep jpgs. from getting all wavy and blurry?
Renee, I do use a touch of Aliz in the sky (all that pollution) and water and in the dead grasses. They change color as the sun marches across the sky. Sometimes they are pinker, sometimes yellower, and later in the day they turn a blue/grey/purple.
Bud, I know what you mean. I worked on the two paintings in the same week. The gardens on Tuesday and the vista on Thursday. It was always so much easier to paint the vista for me! I like the challenge of the closed composition sometimes though.