Reference photo for this painting was the winner in one of the contests during my recent Gratitude Giveaway Facebook extravaganza. I loved the story implied in the picture: a parent (or grandparent) and a kid exploring the nature together. When I was little, my grandma used to take me mushroom-picking. We would get up before dawn, walk to the bus station, and take the bus outside the city. We would walk through cool, misty forests, with sunlight breaking through the trees and the ground smelling with leaves and pine needles. Sometimes, it would be a meadow with wild strawberries and raspberries or a creek with unbelievably clear water. I loved those days.