Sunset in the Lily Pads, Oil on 20″ x 16″ canvas, framed in a champagne gilt frame to 25″ x 21″, was inspired by my trips to Mt. St. Francis, Indiana, where I was an artist and writer-in-residence over 5 years or so. The friars’ community had an extra house that the Arts Council of the area maintained for writers. Later on, they also built a ceramic and art center, so that when I went I had both my room for writing and sleeping, as well as a room for painting various works. I really turned out the work, but in a relaxed way, as that was my sole focus for the visit.
The grounds featured a long walk to a wonderful pond which had Monet’s lily pads growing on it imported from Monet’s French residence, or so I liked to fantasize. There was a sign up in the house for us irreverent authors saying, “No swimming without a friar.” We brought our own food and ate with the monks in shared dining facilities for some of our meals. It was a lovely setting and a lovely camaraderie between the holy community and the most definitely unholy!
I hate the Arts Council ceased its activities. The painting was selected for the Fayetteville Art Museum’s Annual Juried Exhibition before the Museum closed.