Go explore the work of talented artist Tom Wood.
Earlier this year I found the blog of Tom Wood. I was struck by his wonderful journal images: rich, layered, textured. I can't tell you anything else about him except what you read on his blog, so I won't try to put other words out there. I would like to suggest that you go to this site and scroll down to find the sketchbook galleries in the right hand column. Explore. Then go and look at his paintings in a different gallery (same column).