30 in 30 February Challenge- Day 6

I painted this subject 3 times today- once on cold pressed paper and twice on hot press. I'm posting the cold press version, although I may eventually post at least one of the hot press pieces. The skies at Pompano were very dramatic and moody that day and yet the foliage seemed so saturated. I struggled with this painting, even though I did a value thumbnail first and was relatively pleased with that. A large shape of foliage is a struggle for me- how to make it convincing without painted every leaf? I'm working on simplifying and interpreting the photo instead of replicating it.

 Pompano Drama, 7" x 10", watercolor

Pompano Drama, 7" x 10", watercolor