This is the painting I did for the 2 hour Quick Draw Competition in Camp Hill. As I was working on this I was really trying to concentrate on my values and color saturation in the shadow areas. It was a challenge for me, but I have never taken the easy route - even for a competition. When the 2 hours were over I immediately saw what I thought was a flaw in this painting, or at least a change I could make that would improve it. That is the problem I have with these plein air events is that everything is hurried and there is no time to evaluate the painting. I was totally surprised that the judge felt it still deserved Fourth Place, but even with the award I was happy that I could later make the adjustments I felt it needed.
Below is the finish painting with the changes. As you can see I just made the shrubs a bit larger - especially the one on the right. I felt that in the earlier version the right side leaned off the canvas too much.