I have worked on this painting -- with breaks! -- for a few months. Originally, it was a more precise rendering of reflections in our glass windows (left) and water lilies (right), as if we were here, then there, a bit like a split screen. But that wasn't the feeling I was after. What I wanted was that moment when we reach for and hold two ideas, or two places, in our minds at one time. Somehow, that feels very safe; the mind is working... it is in control. The reflections on the glass, at left, along with the square tiles, are one place; the blues that are my memory of seeing Monet's late work is another. I have worked here to merge the two. The title comes from the head gardener at the museum at Giverny, Monet's final home. And it makes me feel... safe.