This painting was done in plein air near Port Republic, Virginia. This was the point where the North River and the South River meet to form the Shenandoah River. I was with a group of artists who were particpating in an outdoor session with Ron Boehmer as our instructor. The day was overcast and chilly but Ron had made a fire to help keep us warm. The smell and crackling of the fire created a pleasant time for all in spite of the chill.