Shadows are always hard to figure out for me. In this painting, I tried a blue/purplish combination. Then the leaves were challenging. The OCD in me wanted to paint every shades that I saw. But I just laid in a dark green and then after the paint settled added the light areas.
I am participating in the Thirty Paintings in 30 Days challenge coordinated by Leslie Saeta. There are over 700 participants from all over the world. The purpose of the challenge is not to make great paintings but to simply paint every day. It has become a catalyst for many to continue painting.