Girl in arbor

Reference photo for this painting was taken at the place I lived before we moved to our old school. Behind the old house was an arbor of lilac probably placed there to provide shade for an even older rootcellar. In early summer the lilacs gave the surroundings a pleasant scent, and this time of year is the best I think.
The model is standing right there, between the arbor and the house.
Behind the dark arbor you can see a glimpse of the illuminated meadow leading down to the water.
How wonderful it was to live there, I could take a towel in my hand and naked wander down to the beach and then in total isolation go swimming without a swimsuit. It really was a total sense of freedom.


/Annika Wessmark


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