Rome wasn't built in a day and neither is a real artist. So much study, trial and error go in to creating a true work of art. The home we met in had so many beautiful paintings and sculptures, and the yard looked like that of a park. It was just a testament to gracious living as well as thought out subjects to paint and paintings to collect.
For my part, I took the two painting above for critique and faired better than I probably deserved. There is much improvement in my technique of painting metals and I had such a good time with it, now I am looking for new shiny items to paint.
Looking forward to more critique sessions, as that is where one learns and one has the chance to improve.