I had done most of this painting in the fall and winter of 2018 - 2019 -- but I was never happy with it. It seemed far too static in composition and the light was flat and the color dull.
I had put it aside for a long time as just something I would have to think about. I realized a few weeks ago that I needed to change the composition, move away from the source photos and add some diagonals on the right.
I was also never happy with the color, it always seemed too flat. Of course, the photo was taken on a day with very flat light, but I really liked the colors and light in the two other paintings from this time, and so I decided to change this one to be more like the others. No more blue rocks - and a bit more purple.