Well I know I said I would finish the trees but I decided to work on the cottage wall instead. The major work has been done on the back of the wall and now just a bit more refining to smooth in the graphite and add a bit more texture and depth. The dark area at the top is just a shadow from my easel.
I think I will also darken the main beams (that extend all the way up) slightly so that the outside lake and trees are pushed back a bit more.
Then it is onto finishing up the trees & water and then...onto the main subject!