I am still in the dark as to how to create a landscape painting that I can get excited about creating and know how to execute.
I used to think that landscapes were about space --- creating a sense of depth. And movement through the use of composition and design. A unified color palette linking all of the elements, i.e., -- a color system that keeps the thing from becoming a mess.
Now I think that they are about connection.
About a sense of place, real or imagined.
They do have to be anchored, i.e., rooted by good drawing and use of perspective; otherwise, they become clumsy and artificial.
But, my current thinking is to focus on creating a connection and planning my landscapes more carefully rather than just painting what I see. If I feel connected to it, then maybe other people will. I don't know.
I am going to put on my storyteller's hat and see what happens.
But, I still want the surface to be interesting and memorable. And the colors have to be beautifully appropriate. After all, that's why paint instead of photograph landscapes. I love to mix the colors and push the paint around in ways that surprise me.