Aldridge Gardens Plein Air Event was a exciting whirlwind of activity for me.  As one of approximatley 20 participating artists chosen from the Southeast, we enjoyed the opportunity to paint out-of-doors beginning May 16th and ending May 20th.  The venues included not only the incredibly lovely Aldridge Gardens; but, also breathtaking private gardens at homes in the Mountain Brook area as well as the first class equestrian estate/facility of Blackjack Farms.  Each day provided us ( the participating artists) with new fantastic inspiration for our painting endeavours. I am thrilled to report that my "en plein air" painting entitled "English Gardens - Cooney Home" (pictured below - Rip Weaver and I along with my painting) was awarded Third Place in this year's Plein Air Competition.  A huge thank you to everyone at Aldridge Gardens who made this event such a memorable success!