Any landscapes I do tend to turn out too... pastel-ish. I am having trouble pushing my values past a certain point. :/ General ideas on my weak areas would help immensely also. I am aware that the wave has a different light source than the rest of the picture, and is very saturated- it was intentional. I didn't quite achieve what I wanted with it, however. My pictures always look kind of soft, too... I am guessing it is something to do with my painting process. Is there a fix that will help me avoid going in that direction next time? Thank you for your time and consideration.