In this painting, all of that is captured with the monastery as the center. The mountains in the background look far off, but when you hear one of the mountain cows baying, it sounds as if they are right at your door. The sky itself is a palette everyday of fresh colors. Since I have yet to view a storm here, I have never seen the sky gray. The purples and reds I'm very familiar with by now. There isn't a lot of greenery in the painting because there isn't a lot of greenery here period. A few years back, there was a terrible drought that killed everything but the pines as demonstrated by the dead tree in the foreground. The people here now have turf as their backyards and front lawns. Easy maintenance, so that's a plus.
I really like this painting because it shows an attention to detail. This is not the San Lorenzo that I would have been living in had I come here 10 or even 5 years ago. The countryside was still rough but it was more lush. The mother of the children I am teaching tells me that the fields are green again the colder it gets, so I'm waiting to see it happen. As this is a depiction of winter San Lorenzo, I'm guessing that will happen in the fall.