Foreground Trees and River Bank
The two big trees and right hand bank shrubbery went in next. The top tree serves to connect the sky with the foreground while also stopping the eye from running out of the painting. The bottom tree connects the foreground with the middle ground. I left plenty of empty space when I did this tree to allow viewer to see parts of the water and the far bank, it added more interest for the eye to experience. Some of the lighter branches were scraped in with my fingernail. Other than this the foreground remained, as it was in the first wash – if you get this right it help give a painting a clean feel.