The sun moves, shadows change; there is only a short period of time that an artist has to capture the shifts of light and color when painting outdoors - but it is this very desire to distill the energy and freshness of nature that drives the plein air painter. Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters was formed to bring together artists who share this passion.
This small practice painting was my first plein air painting in several months. I tried to capture the light, warm areas and the dark, cool areas. It was difficult to simplify the colors when there were so many brightly colored leaves and reflected light splashing everywhere. Painted Wed., 24 Oct. and it was a beautiful day.