In a way, to me everything is a landscape, or scape of some sort. I tend to work with a horizon line in most of my work, if not a grid or cross or some sort of straight line placed within my composition. I have gone back to those pieces I was working on before I went off on this last tangent. The actual landscapes/color field works with a limited palette and not so impulsive. I have worked in this vein before and find it soothing. My color palette has changed to a more pastel, muted blues and greens etc... I really like the small pieces, but am also working larger. Canvas and panel... Each has a benefit exclusive to the surface, and a nice back and forth when working on several things at once.
These small works in progress are on 6x6 canvas' with a 2.5" depth. These small sizes with the depth are also great for creating multi-canvas grid paintings. Working small like this is a good exercise in perspective and restraint. Rather than just working small for studies it is also good to work small with the intention of a finished piece.
Building out the external layers with opaque washes at this stage and finishing with glazed washes and detail. The under painting is heavy paint rather than a medium like modeling paste. This allows for a bit of scraping down to the textured layer to reveal some of that color. It's also a good idea to use a starting color that will complement the final layers. I tend to use a less expensive opaque/matte liquid paint for the early washes. A quality high pigment paint for the texture and again the high quality paint for the glazing and detail. This way I am not thinning down a lot of paint for the early washes. I can just use it straight out of the bottle. On a large painting I will of course use a different approach where I mix high pigmented paint with clear gesso and matte medium. It creates an opaque wash, and due to the gesso it also has a bit of tooth which is great for layering as many layers can built without losing what is underneath.