Ok, sometimes the view is utterly romantic and you just have to run with it. This painting is of my favorite pond the morning after a storm. The lilies were knocked around a bit, and lost a few petals, which only added grace notes to the composition. One reward of visiting a place almost daily is the chance discovery of something out of the ordinary. I call it the telling detail – an observed fact that sets a context for the whole and reinforces the reality of the place and the painting. I hunt for these details with my camera – the perfect falling leaf, the torn petal, the frowsy lily – all have something special to say when placed in a painting. Enjoy! Details below.