Refining a painting without killing the painting is a matter of correct choices.Make the wrong choices and you increase the risk of needing a stronger cup of tea and a pillow to scream into. Make the right choices and you can relax with that cup of tea and use the pillow to lay back and admire your work.
All of the worry could be avoided if you take your time, step back and remember your concept and idea.
Be advised to do as I write, not as I do.
I continued to refine the clouds and the distant shoreline. I also softened the reflections making sure the values in the water were a little darker.
I worked and reworked the foliage which was heading toward those muted colors again. So what to do? Of course... Think back to my original concept.
This one was a study. I will use it to make a larger painting. I'll post that process whenever I start it.