This painting is a bit of a fusion piece. Last spring I was out in the field and my friend and I came across a huge colony of wood anemones beneath the trees. It was a magical sight and I knew I wanted to capture it. I also wanted to paint the base of a cool tree that grows in the neighborhood. I love how the bark gets at the base of old trees, all baggy like hose sagging around the tree’s ankles. As I understand it, this area was a beautiful woodland before the houses all get built. You do still see woodland wildflowers here and there, tucked beneath trees that were saved.