After a pencil thumbnail I put together this digital sketch.
Here's the pencil outline on watercolor paper.
My 10-year-old niece encouraged me to not give up, but I really didn't like how the greenery was going. I started adding angels.
Something substantial happened in the weeks between the green version above and this cloudy blue development. I'll never get the hang of painting trees.
I felt like there was a huge lack of focus in this version. Thus, the large angel was added (see image at the top of this blog) -- a surprise to the design undoubtedly. I'll let you know when this painting comes out of storage and back on the drawing board.