When I painted this image, I wanted to have you experience the feel of a river morning sunrise. The undersides of the clouds are decorated with the glow of the sun while shaded areas are cooler in color. The water carries these reflections as well. The channel marker provides a scaling for the ship in the distance. It was all about the sunlight and colors that give us a sense of romance. The ship is unladen headed to another port to take on some cargo. We know this by the exposed height of the hull above the water.