Before the Pilgrims sailed for America on the Mayflower, they moved to Leiden in Holland so they could have religious freedom. After a few years they decided they needed to leave because their children had picked up much of the Dutch culture. They were concerned about preserving their English heritage. They left Leiden to go back to England. From there they sailed to America.
My ancestors were part of that group. They sailed to America on the Mayflower. I was excited when my daughter took my wife and me to visit Leiden where our ancestors lived four hundred years ago. We walked the streets and found where they lived. There is a monument dedicated to them.
This painting shows a canal in Leiden. Boats are pulled to the sides. Cars park right at the edge. You can see that I have tried to portray the reflections in the water of the boats, the colorful buildings and the trees. The portrayal of the cars is very simple – just a stripe or two of color.