You can see above my sketchboook. I have decided on a final sketch to be the base of my painting. The light will be coming from the upper left corner of the painting meaning the left side of the trees will be lighter, with shadows primarily on the right side. Also the darkest part of the painting will be behind the large aspen in the front, and behind the branch from the focal tree. The focus of the painting is indicated by the sketched circle in the painting. It's in the upper right center quadrant but draws you into the rest of the painting so the painting will have movement and flow almost in a C formation if you figure that the leaves are drawing you into the focal point and the branch pulls the eye back out. After a great deal of thought I decided on an analogous color scheme (using two to three colors next to each other on the color wheel.) In this case the two colors I used were Hansa Yellow and Antwerp Blue. I tried it once with New Gamboge yellow and Antwerp Blue but wasn't happy with the resulting mid tone green so the Hansa Yellow seemed to be the winner there! Although the next time I want a dark green I know antwerp blue and new gamboge will be the go to color! With this painting I struggled with the colors a bit and actually did the painting three times till I was satisfied with it. Once large scale on the paper, then in a small mock up , and then the final draft on the back of the painting I did first and didn't like. ( I figure if the Old Masters could use the backs of canvas to paint on it's good enough for little old me!) Nothing like determination showing it's ugly little face, eh?