I think I see what you mean, thanks for the tip man
This weekend I have to drive up to Sacramento to visit my mom, so hopefully I can make a quick trip to the American River and do some direct observation. I'm sure it will be easier to visualize things once my toes are all blue and frozen from wading in the water. On the upside, I had a little time today to add in some more reeds and cat tails. They still need polishing (especially the submerged areas), and I'd like the reeds by the stagg to be a bit taller/thicker, but I think its helping to tie things together somewhat. I'm sure a few trial sketches couldn't hurt though.
Worst comes to worse I can always just go for the still water effect, and save the stronger currents for the next peice.
Either way, hopefully I'll have something to post when I get back from roadtrippin.' Untill then, have fun holding down the fort.