I was touring British Columbia with my then-husband Bryan. We were personally promoting his new recording to various radio stations across the country and we were stopping at dairy goat farms along the way where I had been booked to evaluate herds and score individual animals. The story of that trip would make a book all by itself, believe me!
But the impetus for this 24 x 30 oil painting is that Bryan is a golfer. He says any aspiring songwriter should learn to golf. On the golf course you see a person's true character. If a guy cheats or gets upset and wraps his club around a tree in frustration, Bryan figures this is not a person with whom he wishes to co-write a song, no matter how talented he might be.
I took a lot of photos of the absolutely stunning surroundings with an inlet of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. I even learned to hit a golf ball myself which was a bit of a trick since I was wearing high heels that day. After a radio station visit, Bryan saw the golf course and HAD to go hit a bucket of balls.
The "green" with the red flag shows where the hole is that a golfer is aiming for (in case you don't know about golf).
The elaborate and beautiful sandtrap was a result of my use of creative licence. I didn't think that the original sandtrap was interesting enough. I thought it would look much better the way I represented it.
Any golfer who sees it says that with the small green and huge (elegant, to me) sandtrap, I could have named it "The challenge from hell". Apparently, (what do I know?), it would take a great golfer to NOT be intimidated by that sandtrap. Also apparent is that they do not see the beauty in it that I do! Good thing I didn't also add the lake and bridge I was thinking about. 😉