This is a collection of some of the work I did in a Studio Landscape Painting course held at Gage Academy, with the instruction of Mitch Albala. It was a great course that broke down the basics of landscape painting into simplified shapes, grouping of value and color palette options. This class really helped me overcome the hurdles of painting from photo reference. I also realized that all my photos from trips and hikes are crap reference for creating a strong painting. Mitch really stressed the importance of good lighting (to pull out form) perspective elements and simplifying subject. His blog goes into more detail. But it changed the way I look at landscape painting and how I will approach taking photos on my travels.