Well, I am not proud of this effort. I was trying for a simple, monochromatic painting of trees. But those trunks! Awkkkk!!!
And the color? Well, perhaps it's where the wee leprechauns hide their pots of gold? No excuse.
Also, no shame. I'm posting it anyway.
Some you win, some you lose.
Glad I didn't use much paper on this one (in my Arches travel pad 6 x 10).
This next one is somewhat better, but it is still just a copy from the Gordon MacKenzie book, using his instructions on how to paint this one. Again, mine didn't turn out the way his did, but it's still a copy of the composition and techniques he used (although I didn't use masking fluid on the canoe), so can't take much credit for this one. (Remember, it's okay to copy work from an instructional book and even make your painting look exactly like the book painting - but it's only for educational purposes. Don't go out and try to sell anything you do this way as your own!)
I sponged on the background "leaves" and overworked the water (doesn't look bad in the photo but in real life, pretty ugly).
I think I'll go back to using one of his finished paintings as a starting off place and then put the book down and continue on my own and see what comes out of that.