Lately I've come to realize that I am not actually learning properly. Rather than understanding how things work in an image, I am starting to just copy what I see. This isn;t a huge problem - my main goal was to to improve my mechnaical and observation skills, so it's good. Except that my second goal is to put this ability to the test in making images which don't yet exist.
Analysis is observations intelligent brother. Why does the light behave the way it does? Why does the form turn? I haven't been asking these questions enough. Luckily, I have found a method to practice analysis - the Reilly method.
Instead of me explaining it, I will just let the person that introduced it to me do it.