A favorite spot of mine that I pass often while driving upstate in New York. I always find myself drawn to this scene. I think it's the smallness of the old structure set against these very tall trees and surrounded by mountains. I liked the idea of recreating this contrast on canvas; trying to make that small building the focus despite it's vast and majestic surroundings.
The Sun was sinking quickly so I got off the highway somewhere south of Warwick, NY, to take some pictures. I stopped a jogger to ask her about the picturesque places she could recommend to me. She Scratched her head a bit and lamented the fact that most of the leaves were off the trees and it was probably too late to drive anywhere special before sunset.
Then she jogged off, leaving this in my line of vision! Five clicks of my camera and I was back in my car. And I knew exactly what I'd be painting next.