Carried over from last year, here was one of those challenges that just need to be worked through. After starting this in December, I had to let it sit for a while. I liked how the leaves were progressing, but the depth of the water just wasn't working for me. Then I started working the darks up under a more dry brushed surface for the reflections.
I think everything will really pop with the varnish on, but then photography would be impossible... painted sky reflections and glare off the gloss varnish. Looks flatter here than it really is, you'll have to see it in person.