Winter Reflections - Continued

This tree has been staring at me for over a week. I just couldn't figure out how the branches interweaved and I wasn't quite sure how to continue. Well today, I must have been in the right mindset because in about 3 hours here is the result.... I have actually signed this piece but I will let it sit for a while and see if anything else needs to be adjusted. The contrast between this bold and expressive tree and the subtle barn is striking.

I'm finally working on the tree! Now I am just trying to figure out those branches going every which way!

Here is an update...slowly working through the face of the barn and the tree shadows.

Well, I finally got into the "feeling" of the shadows. It took me a bit of experimenting to figure out just how to work with the shadows. I am lightly layering using 2H, blending with a tortillion and then layering with a 7H to get a smooth finish. I am making sure that the horizontal boards of the barn are passing through the shadows.