Hi there. Welcome.
I think it's a solid start. Someone posted not so long ago (wish I could remember who. . . scottf maybe?) and he said that it's not a bad idea to just play for a while and not be too concerned. Play is good. And I think one can learn a lot from pushing paint around just for the sheer delight and surprise that you're bound to experience.
If you want to go the other route, which is also legitimate, then get a photo and do some copying. See what happens as the challenges within that route begin surfacing.
Sooner or later you will cover both territories to some degree or other.
But have fun.
"Not a bit is wasted and the best is yet to come. . ." -- remembered from a dream