My husband and I grew up in Oklahoma. We live in a different state now. We live in a university town where we are blessed with many diversified cultures and wonderful people. We love living here; however, we have found that the differences in how we pronounce words are not only with people who are from foreign countries. I have to laugh as I write this because I have had to learn how to pronounce the flower (above), the peony as "pea-a-knee" rather than the "country" or "Oklahoman" way. I had always called them "pea-o-knee" ....with an exaggerated accent on the "o" (laugh). But, one thing I know....they are a beautiful flower and these were my yearly bouquet to emulate into a painting. Their excellence of beauty is hard to capture, but I am satisfied that I painted it with energy and love.