Artists sometimes look for quick answers to hard questions and there are non. Painting is a life long endeavor of exploration, self study and experimenting with so many options available to us.
Unfortunately learning everything about technique may be beneficial but it also does not guarantee the future making of great art. It would be more like knowing all of the notes in music and now hoping you can create great music.
Being able to render or paint so it looks like a photo is a horribly low bar for any painting.
Great art comes from something much deeper.
© 2012 Daryl Urig