Per Gene's comment .. he was right about the bushes, I nearly finished the painting and was sort of happy with it. Then realized how right he was and wiped it off and had another go at it. I am taking the final photo today, now that the sun is out and will post the photos as I went along.... Hopefully you will agree that it is now a better painting. :)
This is the start of what I am working on. I have advanced quite a bit. I started with an under painting of pastel softened with water. I will post the progress in one post as a demo when I finish.