I wailed on this in the studio-the middle tree area was killing me so I went at it with the palette knife-and added the chairs( thanks Carol J for that idea)
I might need to put this one away- too much of a struggle. All of your suggestions were great though and helped me a lot.
Mostly its great to not feel all alone- thanks to the blogosphere!
Heres the painting I started the other day and might use as my demo piece- It's an adorable garden shed on the property.