I really liked the reference photo I had for this painting. It was hard to really see at first – kind of busy with vertical and horizontal / diagonal lines. And then it came into focus. In retrospect, I think using frisket for the plants would have made them stand out a bit more, but in the photo they were a very pale wheat color without a lot of contrast. I made them more contrasty and added darker browns and some greens for a better (I think) effect.
Water is a tricky subject – until you look at it a bit. Flowing water is a series of colored shapes. Reflections have some rules, but I have to re-read about those. I am not too sure how I would express ocean waves crashing on the shore at this point, but flat water with a few ripples seems easier each time I attempt it.