I painted and really didn't think the colors were right for the lighting - and then, I thought the trees looked all wrong - and then I thought I'd put it away for awhile to think about it. Then I would pick it up again and do something more and feel that made it all even worse (which was getting hard to imagine how it could get worse!) And yet, there was something in the idea and basic structure that I wanted to keep! Then, I sanded (yes, literally) the trees away - and thought some more!
Now you are beginning to see why so many years have gone by from the beginning of this one to its final form! You'll see some of the interim steps below!
So, I'm happy with the sense of light coming over the horizon - and feel that there is a certain sense of atmosphere in the finished painting. Overall, I'm happy with most of it - and know that there are still areas that don't completely satisfy my artist's eye. I've learned a lot though, and I'm glad to finally feel I've completed what I wanted to do here!