I struggled with this painting, largely because the photo I worked with was so washed out by the blinding light. My teacher, Diane Tester, suggested that I should restore the darks with Photoshop. Today I brought to her class the original photo that shows the glowing ground where the figure--my then-seven-year-old daughter--is standing, along with the adjusted photo.
My intention was to darken the background trees with dark greens. No, Diane said, you already have enough greens. She recommended that I glaze them with purples, which I did promptly. Wow! Suddenly there was a differentiated background, middle ground, and foreground. I redrew the figure (the head was too big!), tidied up things here and there, and you are now looking at the result. I was so close to the finish but didn't know it.