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Not only the trees change in Autumn so does the atmosphere. Here in New England by the water the air in summer is usually filled with humidity which translates into tiny little water droplets. When you look across the landscape you're really looking through millions of little drops of water and this has a considerable effect on color and value, generally it lightens and cools down objects in the distance. Artists call this atmospheric perspective and we've got tons of it here in Connecticut. However as the seasons change and the air grows colder and drier in the fall there is less and less water vapor in the air and colors become clearer and brighter. Distant objects seem a bit warmer as the suns light isn't modified by water droplets. I'm telling you all this because this is the first time this season I've really noticed the difference, clear, bright, bold colors and very obvious distinct value changes. What a change from the haze of the summer. It's actually easier to paint a scene when the air is dry because you see things more clearly and there is more contrast. Enjoy!
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