Here is my 2nd painting from imagination. I took Goro's advice and painted a scene with a white house and payed close attention to light direction, bounce light, sun light, and a bit of sky fall. He explains it well on his blog
I am happy with how this painting turned out. I went quite a bit over the 1 hour time limit but i feel like i was learning valuable information while figuring problems out. Over the past few days, I felt like I wasn't getting much out of my speed paintings, but I'm learning
that it all pays off on paintings from my imagination. I have a looong way to go but i feel like I'm making slow and steady progress :D
EDIT: Goro was kind enough to do a paint over on my image to show where I can improve and I must say, it looks way better! the bright blue sky fits the strong sunlight on the foreground much better. The value change to the mountains in the far back give a better sense of atmospheric perspective. The water now reflects the color of the sky. (I knew this, but didn't do it in the original >.<) and the strong shadows help push the bright sun light. Thank you Goro!