I'm not sure if you'll heard of Phil Hale, but he's got a pretty sweet style and i'm not sure what his techniques are really. Although, I decided to some paint studies of paintings by Phil Hale, Beksinski, and john singer sargent.
So far, I have one for a Phil Hale piece, and I think I've learned a few good things from it. Especially when it comes to color palette. meanwhile i also did a few quick gestural sketches, now back to some honorbound stuff.