This is the second layer on this painting, with value and color corrections! I spend the first days on my own as I painted and decided I needed some help from a very good oil painter that I know, who does a lot of western-type scenes as well. So I called him, and he came over to see what he could do to help. Its Ray Freeman, and he is not only a wonderful artist - - he is a very patient teacher, and very invested in the whole effort. We go Plein-air painting together sometimes, and I have painted on site in oils with him - - but not very well. He also does pastels. So, with his help, we worked this over and brought those values closer in some areas, and he talked a lot about mixing warm and cool value for each color mix we had going. We talked about color harmony, and he really gave me a lot to think about. I haven't touched it since he was by, but I have plenty to work out on my own! Oil color is the same in therory, but you do need to learn the properties of each color, and mixing with the white and black is a lot different. I am not using black per se' in this painting, tho.