I did this painting yesterday. It's just across the river from my house. I stayed close by since I had a commitment to oblige during the afternoon hours. A gray day so I picked an object with strength and shape and the reflective properties of water work well cloudy or not. I just found out I was accepted into the 2009 Carmel Art Festival Plein air competition in May and the Montauk fine art festival also in May. With this exciting news propelling me to get out and paint I didn't feel the pain near as much as I normally would have when I crossed the railroad tracks,easel and paintbox in tow, slid-tumbled-fell down the steep incline and ended up at waters edge. Note the dirt in the paint. It was just as eventful getting back up the hill with a wet painting! The red seen in the painting is in fact permanent rose. The red not seen on the rear of the panel is in fact blood.