If you mainly paint dogs and cats - with the occasional goat or cow for a change - you don't really get the opportunity to splash out on shocking pink and lime green. So this scene was irresistible. It also lifts the mood on another dreary, dark, grey mid-winter day in dismal Devon.
Living in Devon during a nice summer is like living in Hobbiton in the Shire. During the winter it is like living in Mordor. I suppose, as in Tolkien, you cannot have one without the other.