Grant Woods boasts many habitats with surprising amounts of biodiversity. But it also boasts a sweet little pond, with a sweet arched bridge over one side of it. From the bridge you can make out the shape of a rubber duck~hence its fun name. A couple of summers ago I was botanizing along the shoreline and happened to look up. The water was almost entirely still, and reflected changing foliage of a number of trees as well as the limpid sky. Lilly pads floated, frogs croaked and willows danced at the edge. It was glorious and some photos I took became the inspiration for this painting. The foreground leaves were the same color and value as the lilly pads so I tried a few different ways to differentiate them, finally landing on this light peach color.