Garry suggested this thread and other members liked the idea. Since Garry is in flight status, we'll get it going and look forward to his posts when he gets back to the States and gets a bit of rest.
We all learn a lot by doing studies (basically trying to copy a painting by another artist): color mixing, color combinations, effective compositions, variation in use of different edges, using different brushwork, etc.
Please, make absolutely sure you credit the artist who's painting you did the study of!
I've done lots of studies trying to become a better artist. This is my favorite landscape study....it is my attempt to copy "Trees of Ireland" by Scott Christensen. Didn't do a very good job copying it but learned a lot and liked the outcome...it's framed and hanging in my studio (which is the only place my studies end up!).
24 x 25 inches, oils on mdf panel