Today I began some practice painting by dividing a canvas up into quarters and painting a small scene in each section. I experimented with color, texture, and shapes, trying to 1) see if I could strike on anything new; 2) improve my skill in a certain area; 3) specifically, improve my water painting skills. Slow process. Though I am cognizant of the progress I have made, it's certainly not enough to make me happy! I've watch about twenty videos; reviewed my many instruction books, and done a lot of visualizing. No choice but to do more of the same, emphasis on the actual painting of practice canvases. I'm waiting for the delivery of a 12x24 canvas on which I plan to do a panoramic study of the lighthouse in Rockport, Maine. I'm antsy to get started, but guess this time to prepare is fortuitous. Landscapes and critters come so much easier for me--even still life is easier than ocean/river/lake or whatever. At any rate, to make them look really REAL. Well, 3 of the four little practice pix came out pretty well.