Close your eyes and picture your favorite childhood memory during the spring season. Lay back and picture the warm breeze brushing through your hair. Picture fresh flowers blooming in the pasture. Imagine the sounds of birds chirping a spring tune as you sit there and absorb the fragrance of fresh smelling flowers and dew kissed greenery. Upon viewing Winslow Homer's Girl Picking Apple Blossoms at the Tampa Museum of Art all the senses exalted as a child on a warm spring day arose. It brought back memories of going up into the woods to go pick flowers for my mother. Spring was always my favorite time of the year. I grew up in city where it wasn't summer all year round, but rather an array of different climate throughout the year. Gazing at this art piece I perceive that the artist may have grew up in rather a similar type of environment. Looking at the colors he used in this marvelous piece of art my initial reaction had me to believe that spring might have been his favorite time of the year. Being there is a woman in the picture, it may have been a memory of a loved one such as a wife, mother, or other family member. Perhaps, as a child he would gather apple blossoms with his mother and is no longer able to engage in this activity. Nevertheless, this picture gives me a sense of happiness, peacefulness, and a bit of excitement as to what the artist would like to portray in his artwork. In conclusion, Girl Picking Apple Blossoms is indeed a piece of art that can bring back childhood memories and give you the feeling that you are about to take part in experiencing a warm spring day.
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