8"x8" | Oil on panel
The challenge of painting in summer in New England lies in dealing with all the green. It's everywhere, and it can be daunting. I found greens so baffling and frustrating when I first started painting en plain air that I took green off my palette (actually flung a tube of viridian as far as I could). It was one of the best (painting) decisions I ever made, because it forced me to mix all my own greens and thus pay closer attention to the subtle changes in value and temperature. Now I have a real appreciation for greens, and find subjects such as this a real pleasure to paint.