"Every picture shows a spot with which the artist has fallen in love" [Sisley]. Earlier in March our group painted at this perfect lot that is for sale in Gulf Breeze, FL. If I am near the water it will most certainly find a way into my composition. At this location, what I found most appealing were the red barrel-tile roofs. Just so happened that the canvas I brought was already toned a bright Chinese red. After a bit of compression, I managed to include a few more of my favorite things - camellias, palms and Spanish moss. Since a 16x20 canvas is larger than most plein-air work, I give myself the freedom to make improvements after I get home and see what it needs. After adjusting the roof pitch, softening the foilage by the roof, and lightening the sky, I tried out a new glazing medium to alter the intensity of the bay which was fighting the roof for attention. As I complete it I work at keeping the original integrity of the painting intact. Always trying to keep Pissarro's advice to a young painter in mind - "It is useless to tighten a form which can do without it"