Doing some study/practice pieces using the paintings in the Gordon MacKenzie landscape book as stepping off places. I love the look of his work and thought, maybe, just copying his paintings would give my brush some kind of memory (like muscle memory) for landscapes.
So...I started the first one a couple of days ago. I didn't read all the comments saying, "Leave it!" and just had to go back and darken some tree trunks. It didn't make it a better painting at all. Again, the lesson = leaving the painting alone and knowing when it's time to do that before ruining it!
This second one I liked for his use of blues and blue-greens. A copy of part of his larger painting to fit in my small landscape travel watercolor pad (Arches 6 x 10). His version has much darker trees but I'm going to leave this one alone - yes, I am, I am, I AM!!!
I would like to be able to paint these small things in less than 30 minutes, then just walk away and let them be done.
I don't pay attention to what he titles his paintings (usually 11 x 15 or larger) and just call these studies whatever. This one I think I'll call Misty Morning.
I've got all my homework done for the week so may do a few more of these as the week goes on. It's sweltering here :(