Whilst there's obviously still a lot to learn (and to practise), my initial surprise at producing something other than my previous sludge-coloured soggy efforts was great (patience appears to have been a long missing factor).
The scans below aren't brilliant ... rather like the images ... but I like to think that I'm showing a gradual improvement.
1st effort: poppies
2nd effort: sheep & background wash
3rd effort: llama