I had an idea that I would do a landscape painting with a high horizon. Earlier this fall, I saw a really interesting painting by Salliann Putman--she does some abstract(ish) watercolor landscapes with high horizons. I love her large blocks of intense color and her high horizons. Then when we traveled out to MO this November, a lot of the skyline was high horizon--long, long fields broken up by intensely colored ponds against a bright blue sky line. The trees were barren. The colors were muddy, but I had 7+ hours to look.
As a side note, if you've never seen the book "Steal Like An Artist," by Austin Kleon, it's worth taking a look. The idea is to look at lots of things (art, writing, whatever you're doing....) and get going incorporating, recycling, re-imagining, and crediting. The upshot being if you wait until it's perfect you're never going to get to perfect and you're never going to produce anything.
I tried recreating the scenery in a landscape with high horizons. I tried using indigo, cadmium red, and permanent yellow deep (middle). This may have been my first big mistake, since although I own cadmium red and it's on my palette, it's not a color I work with a lot. My second mistake was starting at night. Any painting I've started at night has looked terrible in the morning.
I went back this morning, and made the colors more intense, but it just made the painting depressing and incoherent (bottom). It still needed....something. So, I went back again into the foreground (most of the painting) with a green gray caran d'ache crayon (top). And, it STILL needs something. Probably a huge crop.
Back to the drawing board.