On the way to a show I spotted this iconic summer scene with children playing in the Cold River. These scenes are idyllic in the pastoral sense but not idealized. This is the landscape as I saw it that day.
This painting is one of a series of paintings that I did en plein air during the summer of 2012. I called this series idylls. An idyll is a short description in verse or prose of a picturesque scene or incident, especially in rustic life. Later it became used more expansively as an extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque period or situation, typically an idealized or unsustainable one.