At night, when there is a full moon on the bay and it's low tide, I often look out on this view and can see the mud flats and where the channel runs for the boats to navigate out to sea. There is something about seeing this scene in the moonlight that makes it more appealing to paint than in the cold light of day. When I took it to class my instructor thought the white area in the sky competed too much with the reflection in the water. Maybe he is right and the sky area shouldn't have been so pure. I think also that this should have been painted on cold pressed paper to better reflect lights on the water. I painted this watercolor on hot-pressed paper (9.5" x 7.75") using French ultramarine, Payne's grey and burnt sienna.