Thanks for the comments, everyone (even those of you who don’t bother reading any of the notes I type, where I clearly say I haven’t touched the clouds yet. But then, if you didn’t read that then you won’t read this either… )
I still couldn’t see the kitty, even on a Mac, so Mona sent it to me. All I have to say is “aaawwwwwwww!” (and thanks, mona!)
I like Jeromoo’s suggestions about a rooster and another bucket, but I don’t think they’d fit into the scene compositionally. Can’t get it too crowded. so they’ll go in the back of the house along with the chicken coop and fire pit.
makaron - good, it sounds like you read the expression on that chicken’s face just right, I’m glad! No more chicken, though… like my cuteness factor needs to be any higher! (Plus, something animate in the lower left would attract the eye, while I need something that the eye will slide right over, or around and back into the picture. Compositionally, I need to round that corner out with something that frames the picture without grabbing the eye.)
Pat - good idea about shadows in the lower left.Flowers on the grass would be nice too. I can put a windmill and scarecrow in, but they’re going somewhere back there… won’t fit any place where they’ll be immediately obvious. Real estate prices are high, y’know…! Thanks for your notes.
Theresa - yeah, I know, I got so excited about working on this that I paced myself poorly, I didn’t mean to be this finished this soon. Now everyone will ignore me for a month. In the past I’ve tried to go at a speed that gets me to the finish line 1 week before deadline, to avoid the FTP rush. Well, i still do have a bunch of fixes and things to add… slowly!