I was working on a painting and started to notice that my eye always seemed to go to a focal point I had not really anticipated at the outset. It was a small island in a long skinny lake. The more I looked at it the more I liked the image.
It reminded me of a number of group of seven paintings. Islands, particularly small deserted islands up north intrigue people. And when scouting for images to paint - intriguing is good. I wanted to do an island painting.
As I fished I watched a small island near the north end of the lake and every once and a while I took a snap of it - I really liked when the Island was in shadow and the sky behind was bright and full of moving clouds - that would be my island painting.
I wanted to do something different so I cropped my island painting into a square and made it fill the picture - I did do something very typical of the group's work - I flattened the picture out - keeping the background as intense as the foreground. I really wanted to create high contrast - almost a sillohette.
Here's the picture in stages on the easel.