I was working on this painting today, making nice progress with the pattern of trees, leaves, river... and the tree on the left was nicely defined with a pretty strong dark along its left side. Well, I thought it was nicely defined... I showed it to Walt Bartman, who took his palette knife to the tree on the left side and nearby water, scraped it off the paint and said, "isn't that better?" Hmmm. His point was that I'd made a more distant tree come too close to the foreground. Rather dramatic surgery, but maybe I'll go back to see if I can resolve the issue.