I guess I could call it the winter humdrums. After several landscapes I needed to brake away from the norm and try something out of my comfort zone that would challenge me as well as entertain me. I wasn't trying to reproduce this painting (Apple Picking, 1878) exactly (as if I could) but use my limited talents in this simple likeness. Homer used opaque water colors (gouche) to create a painting that was very dark so th sunlight striking the bonnets and folds of clothing would stand out. I've always appreciated this painting and am happy with my results. I'm going to frame it today and my wife already has a spot on the wall for it.