Moonlight (after many changes)
This one started life as a practice during one of Mark's workshops. When I got it home I hid it for awhile and then decided to try to improve it.
After throwing some paint at it, all of a sudden the hills became clouds. I later decided that the clouds were too much and the hills reappeared.
I changed the waves a couple of times and Mark agreed that they didn't look realistic. The ratty pandanus on the left was an afterthought, to add some balance. The moon wasn't there originally and I had just lightened the sky to represent it. The added moon was another afterthought, as well as the stars. The highlights on the leaves went through many changes. White, various blues and finally off-white.
At that stage I signed it and quickly sealed it so I wouldn't fiddle with it any more.
Made a frame and whacked the painting in.
My wife loves it and won't part with it. Happy wife; happy life.