I made this painting on the 4th of July, while sitting at Montrose Avenue Beach. The sun was setting and I found myself a spot on the dunes which lie along the beach. I painted looking north toward the Edgewater Beach Hotel and other apartment buildings located along the lake. It was a delightful evening, the water was extraordinarily tranquil and the sky quite beautiful. The atmosphere on the beach rather lively with many families who had spent the day celebrating the holiday with barbeques, games of volleyball, music, and swimming. As I finished the painting the beach-goers were beginning to set off fireworks, causing billows of smoke to accumulate as the sun slipped away.