This unusual painting, a seascape of segmented color blocks, was inspired by Halesite, a town on the north shore of Long Island, New York where the artist lived. Several sailboats dip along the surface of the waves, and a landscape of rounded hills rises in the distance. Water, hills and sky are rendered in curving blocks of color separated by sharp lines, like a abstract geometric quilt.
Dove believed the elements of nature to be independent yet interconnected, unique yet mutable. He expressed this idea in verse:
The sun draws water from the sea.
The clouds are not like either one-
They do not keep one form forever.