I haven't been posting my "art of the day" online, but I have been working on this painting daily. Today I spent most of the day on it.
This morning it got to the stage where it was ready to peel off the masking:
After that it looked like this:
Then I did some refining, painting the berries, etc., which brought it to this:
Then it required a "leap of faith" to add random shadows over the whole thing and make it more dramatic. Now it looks like the picture at the top. It may need a bit more tweaking, but I am putting it aside for now.
I knew it was a slippery slope: miss posting one day, and it becomes easy to miss more. But it's just the posting that has been neglected, not the art. I am considering switching from "art of the day" to "painting of the week". Seems like this might be a good time to start...