There are many beautiful views that can be seen from this harbor on Cape Cod. On this particular day, the sun was setting low on the horizon and as it did, it lit up the hillside with a warm orange glow. The coolness of the surrounding colors with that brightly lit fiery hill really captured my attention.
I enjoyed painting this subject so much that I'm now working on another version with more of the sky showing as it too started to warm up as the sunset occurred. What I love so much about painting landscapes and getting out on location is that I'm kept very alert to what's taking place around me on a moment by moment basis. Sometimes the colors and effects are so unreal, that unless you see them with your own eyes, you would be sure they were made up. In this case, it was as if a cameraman in the far corner had suddenly turned a spotlight on the subject. Until then, that same scene had looked rather dull as the sun was going down and I wouldn't have considered painting it.