Few experiences can beat a buggy ride on a pleasant summer day. The author described the whole scene with the kids in the buggy passing the cornfields that this piece almost painted itself. I did take one liberty with facts which is the girls are not wearing bonnets, but I wanted for you to see their faces. This is the painting from the book that my wife chose to keep.

The colour of the horse changed a number of times as I searched for the right balance. White buggy horses are really quite rare in the Mennonite groups but I decided that I wanted the visual punch that this strong contrast gives. The editor chose this image for the cover so I guess she agreed with the more dramatic choice that I made.

To see the other paintings in Winterberries and Apple Blossoms, click on the month: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December.