That was until we reconnected through Facebook. We now know what's happening in our lives, family, and house. I saw the robin's nest with four eggs right on a window sill at her house and worried whether they would make it. They did. Last week she posted several pictures of her garden; one particular picture of the rose arbor caught my eye. I asked her if I could paint from it. She replied "yes" and emailed me the full file.
We agreed that the gas meter and other evidence of the everyday suburban life be edited out from a painting. Since I have never been to her house, I couldn't tell what was beyond the inviting arbor/gate, heavily laden with the old-fashioned roses called "Pinky". So I had to make up as I went along. I am not a big fan of the late Thomas Kinkade, but "Beth's Rose Arbor" has the Kinkadian romantic feel, doesn't it? I hope Beth approves.