Wednesday, December 15, 2010

White Peonies 2010

White Peonies
Cheri Wollenberg
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.


Carol Blackburn said...

Beautiful peonies, Cheri. I had the same pronounciation problems when I moved from Massachusetts to Maine. Such as a pond named Range; I say range like the song "home, home on the range" but the locals call it rang "like I rang the bell" even though it has the e on the end. I would get looked at like I had two heads. Oh well!

SYLVIANE said...

It's funny to hear about your different accents!it's like here, in France, the difference between Paris and Marseille!
Beautiful painting, Cheri, I like your pot!

Karen Bruson said...

Gorgeous. Love how some of the petals fade into the background.

Jennifer Richardson said...

:) :) :)
Merry Christmas love
and hugs,

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