"A room with pictures and a room without pictures differ nearly as much as a room with windows and a room without windows; for pictures are loopholes of escape to the soul, leading it to other scenes and spheres, where the fancy for a moment may revel, refreshed and delighted. Pictures are consolers of loneliness, and a relief to the jaded mind, and windows to the imprisoned thought; they are books, histories and sermons - which we can read without the trouble of turning over the leaves." Sir John Gilbert (quote: Composition of Outdoor Painting, by Edgar Payne, 1941).
This painting: "Morning at the Grand Hotel" [SOLD] was done on a cool morning, 3-7-08, in Point Clear, Alabama. http://www.jillberryartist.com/.