One is acrylic. One in watercolor.
One scene with 2 different painting styles.
The same scene displaying different times of the day. One is a night scene. The other is a day or Spring scene.
In the Scribble/Doodle Window I changed this scene with Photoshop into an wild Fauvistic, expressionistic landscape.
I gave myself this exercise once as an illustration for a workshop I taught some years ago.
©Acrylic, Teneya Lake by Night, St.Germain
It is one thing to be able to draw well, but better art displays a mood in the painting. Setting the mood is definitely what makes the painting "speak." How to set a mood? Colors and shadows more importantly, and then moving on to blurry or sharp edges (boundaries). The darker the color, the more it will have the effect of a somber, night, serene, or mysterious place.
© Watercolor, Teneya Lake in Spring, St.Germain
Light and bright colors express an uplifted mood. A display of spring or summer, sunny, cheerful. Edges are often sharper, but do not need to be.
These are not the only possibilities for this or any landscape scene.
Another mood would be fiery, or a late Fall with almost bare branches, or snow, or storm. A mood goes beyond weather conditions. One can make any kind of scene busy, or contemplative, or depressing.
If I'm doing a little self-evaluation here, I've noticed that most of my landscapes exude a bright, sunny, or dreamy atmosphere, while the painting of angels and of revelation (on my web site) are more night and mysterious views.
In these scenes I did not deal with shadows, but they are another way to set the stage. That maybe for another time bloggie friends!