Through the Cottonwoods 16x20 oil
I had doubts about trying this one, given the deep shade of the foreground and the double V of the trees, but in the end it did give me a feeling of the place and the light beyond the shadow.
The River is Low 12x16 oil
Just to shake things up, I tried using Thalo Blue instead of a Prussian or Ultramarine for the sky. Though this one was dashed off quickly, I think there is potential in working with the thalo, if it is knocked back a bit with some earth color or red/orange. The photos seems a little fuzzy, though the painting was left a little fuzzy itself.