I'm trying to work from this painting of Niagara Falls by Frederick Church; http://www.googleartproject.com/gall...4695/24912018/
I'm focusing right now on just the water. I'm looking at the foreground waterfall, close up. Trying to look at how he makes it. But I just can't. I can't even copy it.
It looks so real, but so random. It isn't structured at all. I can't break it down. This is why I hate doing observational studies. It isn't the idea of drawing and painting basic objects, which can be broken down into shapes. It is all the details that really make things look nice that I just can't get. So I've tried about 3 different approaches and haven't gotten anything remotely similar to his look. And I'm looking right at it! How could I not be able to copy what I am looking at? Is that even normal, or do I just have some visual deficiency?
I'm more of a beginner than anything else,
but I figure if I can't even put down what I see I'm not going to improve.
EDIT: Not to mention the color and lighting!