Late evening shadows are one of my favorite things to paint in the landscape. I like how the edges illuminate with a myriad of golden lights. Even though there is a consistent light, each color still needs to be mixed and that was the main challenge in painting Gold Trace.
I was intrigued by how the light was running through the center of the view perpendicular to where I was located. It seems like the light had to wiggle through all the trees and foliage in order to be heard. I think I heard it loud and clear with the golden color mixtures I used to achieve the feeling that this painting has. Frequently there are other items that enhance the viewing experience. In the case of Gold Trace it has to be the dark red maples. They break up the space allowing the eye to meander through the scene.