I painted this when I was in Alabama. I saw the light striking the trees on the ridge in the distance. The sun was quickly setting so I didn't get what I started to paint. That is generally how it is though when you paint. Click on image to see larger size.
I started painting this on location twice. The second time it worked. I think the first attempt is really learning about your subject. A failure tells you what not to do. So you try again and it usually works. Every once in a while you hit it on the first try.