Back on my easel I put the reference photo away and made some observations:
- Add some bright golds to the foreground field to invite the eye in. Some of these should overlap the next layer to create depth.
- Soften the back layer of trees to break the barrier to the mountain and add variety to this edge.
- Make the right hand distance tree more dominant and minimize the left so they don't compete for attention.
- Adjust the brush to allow access to the field.
- Reshape the front and center bush and adjust the other two so they do not mimic the first.
- Add wild flowers in the field to pull the eye in. Add blue violets in the foreground just for fun.
This is how the painting looks after this step:
Just a few more corrections needed:
- Soften the ridge line to the left of the left tree
- Break up the rows on the left
- Make the large tree even more dominant