This is a view of Angel Island from Point Richmond on the San Francisco Bay. The day was very cloudy and gray when I painted it. I took some liberties with the colors, as I often do. I see this as putting more of myself into the painting. I think this is not only acceptable, but necessary. After all, I am a painter, not a photographer.
On my best painting days, the days that I am fearless, the scene just serves as a springboard. It is a bit like going off the high diving board. Although it is a little bit scary, the results can be surprising and exciting.