Meanwhile, progress is apparent among the gum trees. Most obvious is the light on the path and some of the trees The curve of the path round the nearest tree on the right is satisfying but more thought is needed on the middle ground where there is dip in the ground but also a camber on the path. Until I get that sorted the light on the path is fighting the direction of shadows.
Looking a painting in reduced form as in a photograph does help to pinpoint unhappy areas. The sky is too bright a blue, creating energy where quiet is required. I have something of a conundrum here, as using a lighter blue will undermine the light on the path, while greys will reduce the impact of the trees. Even so I think the latter is the way to go as the light is a more important feature of the painting.
I have worked on the canopy. This is not the focus of the picture but it still should present a more complete image. It’s largely dark green but such greens are more effective if other darks, blues, purples, (even Alizarin Crimson if appropriate) are added to the mix. This has filled out the canopy and emphasised the bright light beneath. I have also lightened the bank on the left hand side but this has still not resolved the unhappy path. I tried cropping the picture to see if removing the foreground would help ……..
but I think that reduces the impact of the height of the trees. Thinking caps required!