Because I've been playing with the cows, I've been neglecting the painting in the recovery room. It did need to do some drying, but I've also been waiting to hear the status of Johanson's request for a building permit. At this stage, it's anyone's guess whether he'll get permission to build within this painting.
I wasn't pleased with the large rectangle of water in the lower right. It was an unsatisfying shape, but I'd been avoiding the issue. Finally I decided to take matters in hand, and I've designed a river bend. All the grasses, etc., on the bank at the bottom, and on the jutting peninsula, are just initially laid in with a mixture of Prussian green and brownish madder, and all has been kept semi-transparent. When I'm satisfied with the shapes, I'll set about painting them.
Perhaps I should have heeded that fellow in the toga, calling out in the market, "Beware the Ides of March!"