“From Burrington Road” – An early morning painting in Pownal, Vermont. Looking to the northwest from Burrington Road is this view of Peckham’s Farm. Clear skies let the bright sun shine create long shadows over the open fields near the farm, and just touch the higher ground and tops of trees.
The greens in the middle of summer appear to be uniformly the same color. The challenge for a landscape painter is to depict this uniformity but with enough color variety to keep the look from being monotonous. In this simple scene, the sharp angle of the morning light created cool areas of color in the shady area of the forests and in the cast shadows on the ground. At the same time, sunlit areas are warmer and yellower providing for even more variety.