I really don't remember the light on the trees being this golden. For once, a photo(by me) that looks good! I like the sunny sky reflected on the creek in the photo below. The picture is a little deceptive because it makes it look like my easel is set up right next to the creek when I am actually set up high on a bank overlooking the creek.
Here's a shot further back that shows it a little better.
Because the sun was going down behind the hill at my back, I tried to paint in the lights on the hill top first before it all went into shadow but I don't think it worked very well. I usually start with the darks and move to the lights. Hard for me to get the light key right starting with the lights. So I moved to the darks.
You can see how the light has changed dramatically in this photo, below. The sun has fallen behind the hills and everything is now in shadow.
Here is the final painting.
|"Snow Starting to Melt Deep in the Forest, January 24, 2016", oil on panel, 12" x 12", c. Charlene Marsh.|