WHOO HOO! i'm calling this finished. beau loves it so, as long as he is happy, that's the main thing. all that remains for me to do now is the varnishing. YAY! jessica, you will be pleased to know that there is even a hint of green in the foreground grasses though it doesn't show up too well in the pic. i think it does add a nice touch so thanks for the suggestion. thank you to all my loyal readers who have encouraged and supported me throughout the process.