This painting is a slight departure from my "All Things Ranch" theme (except that I did start painting it at the ranch). I used my daily painting time today to put the finishing touches on this piece, "Reflecting on Lake Springfield," just in time to donate it to the Denim and Diamonds auction. The auction will be held October 12 in Springfield, Illinois to benefit the Simmons Cancer Center of SIU School of Medicine. I grew up on Lake Springfield and spent many hours water-skiing, sailing and swimming. When I returned home to visit last month, I was flooded with fond memories of the Lake, and somehow the beckoning of the Adirondack deck chairs and the beautiful boathouse called me to paint this scene. I hope this painting goes to a good home and raises lots of funds for the Cancer Center, which helps so many people!