That's why I'm always glad of a chance to paint water. The multitude of colours and marks that I get to use are a joy. Maybe Rousseau felt that way too. That would explain the lavish depictions of colour and form in his jungle scenes.
This painting was a pleasure to work on because the subject captivated me. There is an interplay of warm and cool colour, reflected light, fragmentation of form, and patterning. And all of it conveys my favourite atmosphere: sunshine on a summer's day.
I'm mulling over a larger swimmer piece right now; imagining in advance what a joy it will be to work on. Canvas, brushes and lots of paint: life is very good.