This post has been a long time in getting ready. I have recently become totally involved in a few new sites. After searching for ages for art blogs and finding nothing I have hit the jack pot! There is just so much really good stuff out there. Try Sixty Minute Artist, or Art and Perception, or A Painting Journey / the Painters Keys or Art News !!! I have been totally hooked in and am learning just so much!
I painted this Hex River Valley scene and absolutely hate it. One of these days I will paint over it, but in the meantime I painted two little miniatures of the original using just three colours. The first one was Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine and white. The other was Cadmium red, Phthalo blue and white. I am really sick of this view now but have learned so much by doing this exercise. It's amazing how going back to the first painting it now looks all wrong. I just didn't see it as I should have.
I suppose that this is part of learning process. A lot of patience is needed. One learns from mistakes and grows all the time.
Thanks to all those experienced artists out there giving tremendously helpful advice.