Here Terry Sullivan demonstrates the stages of this painting.
Stage 1. Basic pencil set up and the first rough washes, sky, house and foreground. Composition is the key, showing the subject in a balanced way that allows shadows to make the building 3 dimensional.
Stage 2. Blocking in the background trees and adding some of the foreground tree washes.
Stage 3. Adding the big tree in the left foreground which acts as a stop end for the side of the picture. A little more detail on the house, including windows and shutters.
Stage 4. Adding the shadows. This is where it really begins to come to life as the shadows give the image a 3 dimensional form.
Stage 5. Adding the detail. Shadows on the foreground trees give depth to the picture. Details of flowers and benches give the eye a selection of things to focus on.