This is for beginners who want to paint: Take a good look at the subject, take note of the details, including those that are quite subtle. How detailed you want to be is up to you, but including some minor details can add a lot to the reality of your picture. Here’s an example: Everyone paints scenes that include a lot of foliage, but there is a common mistake that many make. Plants are green, right? So what do they do? They paint all of the trees and bushes the same green. Well guess what? Different types of plants may be green, but they are not the same green. I see this a lot, and it never looks right. So take a close look and vary the green just like Mother Nature does. Simple things like this will add a lot to the reality of your picture.