Here are several small paintings I tried in the Christopher Leeper workshop. I was much too timid with the darks, not mixing enough variety in my greens, not seeing the colors as well as I should. (The top two are all mine - of course, you can probably tell that!)
I really struggled and did enough whining that Chris came over and, after asking my permission (the sign of a good teacher!), took my brush and palette and turned my mess into an evening scene with the shadows stretching out. He even put a night glowing sun behind the trees on the left.
And here is my final effort, done at home a few days after the workshop was over and I had recuperated and got some energy and brain power back. Not as horrible as the 1st two versions, but still a bit too timid and tight?
Not going to beat myself up about this. Just something else I need to learn and study and practice before getting comfortable and getting the ideas ingrained in my little head. And every little change effects everything else - not used to painting outside, plein air painting can feel strange and it may take a while to know what to take and what to leave behind. Not painting landscapes, it seems strange to paint them and make my mind work around - I know about composition, value, colors, and shapes but cannot (yet) move that thinking and learning to landscapes for some reason. But I will!