Its so easy to romanticize a subject like this. I do admire her but I guess her reality may have been a different story than that of the rural idyll suggested here. As always the handmade appeals to me and I like the way the straw bale is hand rolled and tied with plaited grass ropes and the way a cloth has been folded on top so neatly.
In this one I worked a lot on the grass in the straw bale. It had horrid pinky-purple shadows and I wanted to bring out the warm greens and browns. Its a subtle change but makes it more real.