I don't know how wide-spread Jacaranda trees grow but here in Southern California many neighborhoods look forward to their annual blooms. In South Pasadena where I live there are a few streets which are lined with the purple flowering trees. Some years it's a spectacular sight when they all bloom at the same time. This year the trees' flowering seemed to be more scattered. Of course the plein air artists were watching the leaves turn yellow as the purple buds formed.
The neighborhood where we met for our paint-out also had some activity as an added treat. There were some workers with a small cement mixer. They kept coming and going with wheelbarrows full of cement. Up and down a driveway, many loads of cement. I had just visited a show at the Pasadena Museum of California Art titled California Scene Paintings 1930-1960. The timeless looking men with the wheelbarrows would have been the perfect subject for a typical "scene painting".
I wanted to paint the Jacarandas since I had been looking forward to it for some time and chose an interesting corner home with a Jacaranda tree in front.