I met my oldest son in Spain in 2008. He was finishing a seven-month study abroad. Needless to say it was and remains an unforgettable trip. We actually first met in Paris, spent time in all of the art museums — the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay and others — and historical museums we could fit into three days, then we took a train to Spain. In Madrid, we visited the Prado and the the Museo Reina Sofia. We also stumbled happily across the museum of Joaquin Sorolla, which had once been his studio. I was inspired! That’s a long story to say simply this painting was one that came from the inspiration of that trip. What great memories!

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