After a pretty demoralizing period painting bad paintings, I decided to take it back to the basics again. So once again I opened my tutorial book, and painted another version of an old exercise.
The painting is picturing a shore line with ruff seas, but this time I painted it all a bit less realistic then the first time. The question is whether this actually makes it more realistic or worse.
In one way, painting it a bit more abstract hides the areas which looked a bit cartoonish in mye first try. In another way, it makes nothing in the painting look genuinely real. Anyway, here is the old version, so I guess you can judge for yourself.