There is a regional "freebie" magazine, "The Rivah," devoted to events and places of interest for both visitors and locals. It's quite interesting, and useful for finding things to see and do here on the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck of Virginia.
The magazine includes a children's page, and a feature of the children's page is a scene to color. The publishers were in need of some new coloring scenes. They asked that the scene to reflect some aspect of living near the river.
In taking a try at creating something that would suit, it was necessary to completely adjust the way I usually approach a painting or even a drawing. Rather than think forward to the a "finished" product, this drawing needed to specifically provide freedom for someone else to complete the scene.
So, I gave it a try, and now feel ridiculously pleased that my two little sketches below will hopefully give enjoyment to others in the upcoming issues!