After I broke the plier yesterday, I went to Dick Blick in Capitol HIll today. But the type of plier they carry at the store was a similar with the one I broke. There was a stopper to prevent from over-squeezing though. I was disappointed and came back home and ordered the one I was thinking on-line at Jerry's Artarama, which I don't have to pay tax.
Anyway, I made some progress on the painting. Refined the values of the front of the barn. Then worked some on the shorter tree in the center. To define the outline of the tree, I needed to put more colors on the background hill as well.