I am finally painting full time and getting to projects that have been on the back burner too long. This revisits #1069 "Oxtongue Rapids". I felt it needed a bigger format. The sketch was very powerful possibly because the voracious black flies prevented me from overworking any of the brushwork. I barely had time to grab some paint and stroke it on before swatting off a black fly. Blood stained the brim of my hat ... The bugs got hungrier as the morning progressed and that certainly saved me from labouring on the brush strokes and leaving the vitality in the paint. The black flies deserve the credit if any is due.