I took a photo in my garden of some ground cover, and I'm painting it. It only has one color (green), and so is a color mixing practice painting. I'm reluctant to work on DMP #1 while I still have color mixing difficulties. I'm guilty of blending, but I really do feel I need the color mixing practice.
It's a 9" x 12" wood panel, primed and painted a neutral brown, although that color was thinned down too much, and now it looks just like the wood grain it started with.
It started out very slowly, but I'm finding I can mix a color much more rapidly as this progresses. That makes it feel worthwhile, although it is quite complex. it's simple than a giant pine cone.