Late afternoon and I wanted to paint. There was a slight easterly breeze inflow to the approaching low. Temperatures were around plus 2 Celsius. The combination of wind and temperature were just fine especially with the breeze to my back. I set up looking down Long Reach from the down side of Jim Day Rapids. I was attracted by the colours of the trees and water. The ice along the shore was pretty rotten and had a steely gray look. My good friend Jim came by to talk "loons" and that actually let the dark colours tack up. I was able to finish the piece before it got dark.