Earlier this week, Mike (http://www.flickr.com/photos/artist_naturalist/) suggested I try to blend some of my foreground into the background. I also wanted to create a 'soft' image -- I'm finding lately that with all the greens around me, I have a tendency to paint darker and darker and sometimes, in my opinion, I can easily get a bit carried away.
So here's my attempt at a soft, blurry kind of a treatment for this olive branch. It's a bit early in the development stage of the olives -- they're en route to maturing to the black olives I love.
I'm thinking there are enough value changes here -- that the 'darks' are dark enough .... you think?