Well, it seems it took an eternity equal to the entire sea, but my ocean piece is done. I really got hung up on the foreground for a long time. The greens I used were too bright and the eye would just get stuck there. I wanted the horizon to be the focal point and the foreground took that away. I finally dulled all the colors down using Shiva paintsticks in dark navy, brown and various greens. I also wanted lots of small yellow flowers amidst the grasses. They had to go. Again, they were too bright and pulled the eye to the foreground. I dulled the large rock on the left, as well.
I'm pretty happy with the end result mostly because I had a September 30 deadline to get it done. It has been entered in the Oregon SAQA show Oregon: Sate of Diversity. As one of the organizers of the show, it would look embarrassing to not even get my entry finished. So, we'll see if the jurors pick it or not. Here's a detail shot of some of the stitching.