The long absence was because a family member needed my help.
I am now back, and happy to report the step-by-step painting won a "Best Painting Award"!
This was a hard subject to paint and that is exactly why I wanted to paint it!
When I was beginning this painting, I studied and looked at the photo, but later put it down, and just painted. The bubble in the bottom right corner has an interesting story, I needed something to stop your eye from going out-of-the-painting. I tried painting a larger rock to block the lower right corner, and keep the viewer in the painting. The photo showed the stream flowing out-of-the-picture, good for a photo, but not good for a painting! To make this shorter, I don't remember painting that bubble in the lower right! A Gift?