'Tender' 30X30 - oil on canvas. I love the patterning of the shadows and the wonderful colour contrast between the warm yellows and oranges with the purples and blues - and, of course, the light and dark. What appears at first to be a static image has much tension in it because of the two strong angles of the boat and of the dock.The powerful inverted triangle of the oarswhich contrast with the wonderful curves of the boat and of the shadows cast on its surface are anchored by the cerulean blue line which brings a strong vertical to the composition. This is one of several attempts I have made recently to design to the square - always a challenge. The reference was taken at the Cowichan Bay Marina - a lovely morning boating over to enjoy coffee and treats across the strait.