Step away from the black till you're better at color perception & mixing.
I'll go along with that.
I took your comment about lights and darks tooooo far.
Hopefully this will come in time.
You've come a long way quickly. Now the hard work begins. Start working with the fine brushes early in the painting. Apply a lot less paint more accurately. Considering the strokes and how they blend in with the picture. Take a long time. Make straight lines straight. I don't give these tips to all beginners so don't waste them.
I'm not sure If my brushes aren't fine enough or just poor technique but I can't make fine lines or lines that taper to a point.
Accuracy is going to be a problem for me and my shaky hands. I think I can overcome it though and heed your advice. I should probably print this out and tape it over my work area.
Ok, I see your problem.You tend to look on the whole picture and when you put it on your canvas it results in a mess.What you should do is-stop seeing the whole picture but small portions of it.Look at the light vs shadow areas(smaaal areas again).Don't even think that it's a painting of the sea or whatever you were trying to do there lol...but some abstract small tiny portions that you will unite one by one.Hope I make sense.
I do have a hard time trying to focus on the small stuff. I'm still a baby and I'm fingerpainting or something.
Terry, Thanks for having my back