Instead of a field of flowers there are marsh grasses and water. I liked the deadwood on the right but the dark green trees in the background wall the viewer in. Using my reference and Monet's composition I painted this:
Had I used only my reference photo I might have pushed the farthest trees out a bit, but not nearly as much as I did here. Now I try to do this when painting other scenes on location. If there isn't a distant tree line I make one up, trying to place it where I want the eye to go. I now see that the light in the sky in Monet's painting leads the eye back to the strong vertical which is also the darkest value. I failed to do that with my sky- mine takes the viewer off to the left- but I will keep that in mind the next time I paint a similar landscape.
The title of Monet's painting is Champ d"avione (Oat Field) and measures 26" x 36". Its home is the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville.