This is my second attempt at painting a tree. It is the same tree that I used in my first attempt, but I have tried to address some of the concerns I identified. So, I have painted a better background and used less of a blocky style. Instead, I have tried to paint the dark areas first, then the lighter foliage, then the highlights. It seems to have worked and I am pleased with the look and finish of the painting. It is still only a study, which is why the grid is still in place. I might remove that, once it is dry.