I painted this for Nina Settels - a very supportive and loyal patron of mine living in Belgium. When she first suggested the idea, she admitted to her awareness of it being a sort of "chocolate box" subject, but it was still something that was very nostalgic for her as she grew up in Holland around very similar scenes. Shipping it to her was a nerve-wracking experience as the few other paintings I've sold internationally were no bigger than 8" x 8". I covered the painting in about 6 layers of bubble wrap and checked the customs forms way too many times to make sure there were no indiscrepancies, but it ended up getting there safe and sound. Thanks Nina!