I have done something over the holidays that I don't normally try to do -- copying the work of another artist. I was not, of course trying to copy for any reason other than learning. I've been struggling with a few things, such as making trees simple shapes with a variety of edges. Not painting every leaf. Making a tree look like a specific tree instead of "every tree." There's a particular artist I admire who does all of those things in a masterful way, and I thought it would be a helpful exercise. Boy, was I right. Please note I do not plan to name the artist, to save him or her cringing embarrassment. Suffice it to say, these are not for sale.
First up, a summer scene.
A winter scene:
Fun, fun, fun! Next up -- trying to apply these lessons to a composition of my own, before it's time to go back to TBP (The Bad Place -- work!).