Painting Some More Background

I'm back from Grenada and back in the studio. What a beautiful island! Mountainous and green and largely unspoilt. The U. of St. Georges where Ron is teaching is situated at the end of a narrow peninsula so the students are surrounded by cliffs and ocean... quite a setting! Ron is still there and has my camera... when he gets back I'll post some pix.

Deborah Younglao parrot silk painting progress
Meanwhile I'm almost done painting the cypress forest in the background. I lightened and grayed my colors to give a feeling of distance. I'm debating whether I should lighten/gray them a bit more. I've left the scariest part for last - the water and reflections - that's up next. Taking a deep breath before I plunge in...