The trees were painted first this time and the sky was painted in only after the trees were "planted" - the reverse of how I did the first try at this subject. Of course there will be more trees added later in the background where the light is less of an issue. I have tried to indicate branches while at the same time leaving the paper around the branches white. In short I am leaving room for sunlight which I didn't do in the first attempt. Now all I have to do is leave that light alone as I paint!
One thing that really has to be changed, and I think it will be easy enough to do is in the sky areas. The intention was to fade the sky gradually from the intense color among the upper branches to the much paler color down near the ground. What I did without realizing how completely I had done it was show absolutely no transition within the cells created by branches! It's a stained glass look which I don't want at all.
Wish me luck!