O'Keeffe started making abstract watercolors after seeing Dove's pastels for the first time in 1916, inspired by the exuberant forms and colors of his art. She exploited the fluid nature of the medium to the fullest, replicating the fleeting, brilliant colors of sunrises and sunsets. Much later, in 1930, Dove reflected on the strength and beauty of O'Keeffe's "burning watercolors" of the 1910s. Motivated by his memory of these early works, Dove took up watercolor more actively, using it to capture the effects of color and light on the natural settings of Long Island and upstate New York. He worked in the medium industriously thereafter, producing one or two a day until his death in 1946.