Orange County Community College hosted a plein-air event at the Newburgh NY campus one day in late July. I brought a 30 x 40 canvas with me. It was my opportunity to paint a large painting of Bannerman Island (that small island you see in this painting). It was a very hot summer day. The storm was no where in site when the painting began, but I could see a glowing haze looking south. Then that spot of light hit the area around the island. I quickly mixed colors, then made value and color notes and laid them down with a palette knife quickly like a marker indicating a treasure. Then I made a run into the building as the rain began to pour down and continued to do so that afternoon. I finished the piece from the image on my phone.