This is my second attempt at this scene, after an unsuccessful first attempt. My lack of experience in painting (and art overall) created some issues with the first attempt. The perspective on the bridge, the value range, the contrast between the foreground vegetation and the water and the sense of depth were all improved in this version. It still has a long way to go, but as a person with very limited experience in any kind of any, I think I'll wait until I have a couple of more months under my belt before trying version 3.
March 25, 2009 looking back... OK, so I 'cheated' on this bridge. Rather than struggle with my current lack of drawing experience, I blew up an image to the size of the paper I was planning to use and traced the bridge to get it right. I think this one has better value contrasts than the previous one and certainly is an overall improvement. However, the flowers were (I think) better in the first image.