I finished my first Nevada City piece, and am comparing the final to a stage 3 that I didn't blog. After stage 2, I filled the sky with blue and the ground with more tan colors. But the piece seemed flat.
Finally I looked at my source photo and realized the heavy sunlight had attracted me to the scene. So I added in strong yellow light, which led to lighter greens in the surrounding field, and more dark blues along the edges. Now it's popping!