Here are two atrocities of mine that I committed a few months back. They both ended up boring me and I couldn't summon up the will to try to finish them. They are small for me - about 10" X 16 and 14" X 16". The still life was painted from life and the landscape from a photo I took of our garden. I think the composition in the still life is part of the problem. It seems staid and uninteresting, And the brushwork is boring - it needs to be bolder.
I think maybe the landscape has too much happening in too small an area and everything is too blue. Perhaps the shadows need more warm colour in them.
I'd be interested to know why others think these two fail.
I made an easel exactly as Mark showed in his video and it works a treat. Much sturdier than the spindly, rickety thing I bought from the art store and much easier to assemble. I also made one of his colour checkers which I used for the first time today on a still life. I'm really pleased with the accuracy I'm achieving in mixing colours.