Okay, so here are the other photos for my HDR project. The bottom line is if you want your photos to look HDR-tastic, you have to be in a high-contrast setting, such as the beach. Clouds really help too. Oh well. Live and learn. These still completely qualify as HDR as they are 7 photos merged into one, they just don't look insane like these examples.
Hyacinthe was nice enough to put one of my paintings in the window next to hers. I just love her style. I plan on painting larger from now on. No more tiny paintings!