I was approached last summer to create a painting of the Georgian Bay area for a client's new office. The initial request was proposed as "reasonably large", which got me thinking around 18 x 24 or maybe 22 x 28. Then I saw the actual wall and came home and cut a 24 x 36 panel. For me, that's big. After a couple of false starts things started coming together. Finally, after all the Christmas merry-making was done, I made a couple of requested changes and it's done. Even though it has been a few months in the making, it counts as my first finished painting of 2012. "Royal Island Stairway", acrylic, is taken from an island near the Georgian Bay Islands National Park, one of Canada's national gems.