So here is how the orchard painting looks after today. I began adding leaves, put in more of the ground and worked on some of the background blossoms and sky. Next stage is to add more leaves and value changes within them and then add all the white blossoms to the tree in the foreground. This is how it looked last Thursday.
And in case you're wondering, I thought I'd include a picture of how my bowling bowl/garden gazing ball is looking. Because my glass pieces are of varying thicknesses it has made grouting... interesting. I can't wipe and get a smooth, clean grout line. So what I'm left with is a bit of a frosted cake look. Hmm. Will this go down as a Pinterest fail? Because of the amount of time I've invested I feel a certain amount of affection for it none-the-less. I'm telling myself once it's tucked into the garden with leaves all around it, it will be charming : )