I've been learning a ton from these classes by Jean Lurssen. I'm still trying to get the hang of the palette knife splatter to make the blossoms, but I'm still pleased with the result. One of my favorite things is creating new textures in my artwork, so these classes really hit the spot.
I think my favorite part was making the "rocky" surface using the palette knife. I also enjoyed using pencils on here for grasses.
From now on I think I'll practice sketching out ideas for certain pieces or taking photos. That way I can have a bit more guidance as to where I'm going with these particular pieces.