Still in progress...

This is what I always call the ugly stage. It feels like two paintings in one: the top half and the bottom half.
I do want it to feel darker in the foreground and lighter in the background (where the sun comes through the trees) which is hard enough as it is, nevermind that I added a white aspen to the foreground. Making white dark is so difficult. It is also that strange time of year: end of fall or start of spring when there is only some snow cover, but not entirely. The shadows are all off, wrong perspective and the wrong color. I also want to emphasize the lichen on the dead log at the bottom left, but feel like I cannot get the color values right. I am happy with the composition and the idea, but that is about it at the moment! sigh.

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